Life is chaotic and, truthfully, sometimes smartphones make things worse. Sure, there are many great apps for being more productive and organized… but clutter is oftentimes a person’s worst enemy.
Well here’s an iPhone productivity/organization hack that has worked wonders for me: organizing every single app on my iPhone into one folder. For lack of a better term, I’ll call it the “Focus Folder” hack.
I wouldn’t use this technique if you want to get the most out of your smartphone, but I would use this technique if you want to get the most out of yourself.
From official Apple apps like the phone app, mail and safari to third party apps like Evernote and Flipboard, I recently put ALL of my apps into one folder.
The effect was immediate. My iPhone’s screen seemed so empty and naked. Once the panic that I might have just done something stupid that would be a pain to reverse began to dissipate., I somehow began to breathe a bit easier. A few cobwebs disappeared in my brain. I knew that I had tamed my phone; I knew that I had crushed it’s ability to rule my life. I was back in the driver’s seat. After a few hours the panic was gone and it just felt really, really good.
Using a focus folder forces a person to prioritize. The most used apps are positioned first followed naturally by the least used. Put differently, the most useful apps come first.
Ask yourself: what are the top 9 apps you can’t live without? Using a focus folder forces you to figure this out. For me it was: Phone, Messages, Calendar, Evernote, Drafts, Spotify, Togethera, Lyve and Logos Bible. It surprised me that as apps vied for a spot at the front of my focus folder, Safari got bumped to the next screen.
In my focus folder trial I found that spotlight search became very useful—a first in my iPhone experience as I had never really had a use for it before. The apps that I used frequently but that weren’t in my top 9—the apps that were useful enough for me to know by name—I often launched via search.
The focus folder made me realize that I had a bunch of apps on my iPhone whose names I didn’t even know… At some point I had downloaded them thinking they would ...