what’s on my iPhone right now

The website iMore runs this great series of posts around what’s on different people’s iPhones and how are organise them.

In a similar vein to my need to bookmark all the productivity and organisation articles I came across, I’m always interested to peek into how other people organise their iPhones.

Before I share what’s on my iPhone, I have a confession.

My name is Kellie and I’m an app hoarder.

We won’t go into exactly how many apps are on my iPhone, it’s in the vicinity of a couple, maybe several, hundred, which is why I’m only sticking with page 1 of my iPhone screens today.

Reading iMore you can see some people only have about 100 and they have two screens and everything is neatly ordered in folders on screen two! My jaw drops.

From screen two, my iPhone is a scramble of apps, folders and chaos. I’ve deleted apps and new apps appear in their place and the randomness begins.

I have seven screens of various fullness. I really must clean them up.

I loved the introduction of folders in iOS but now not sure whether to love or loathe ~  that extra step to get in to app prompts my dilemma about how to organise my own phone. Hence my intrigue at peeking at the screens of others.

Did you know, some people actually have a blank first screen, or minimal apps? Don’t know if I’m ready for that!


Anyway, my iPhone screen No. 1. I have a wallpaper from the stock selection at the moment and one thing I love about the iPhone 6 is that extra line of apps you get on each screen, which meant a quick reorganise when I first got it.

I’ve stuck with the standards in the dock. I use the Google app for all my web searching which is mainly what I do on the iPhone as far as web surfing goes, and also have Chrome in a folder as it syncs with my desktop.

The mail app has been usurped by the Mailbox app which I’ve been using since it first came out and I recently downloaded the Mac beta version as well. I love this app which allows you to stay at inbox zero by timing your emails to pop back into your inbox at a time when you can action them. The new mail app does this, too, I think now but I’m sticking with Mailbox.

The main social media icons live on the front screen, natch, and less used ones in the Get Social folder.

I have four cameras on this screen ~ goodness knows why I invariably stick to the native one 90% of the time ~ and I actually have another four to eight on the next screen as well! [This is where the Hoarders theme song starts …]

Plus there is the apps that take certain photos in the HDR and speed folder.

When I’m bored, the Play / Read / Do folder ~ an extra browser, Pinterest, Words with Friends etc all live in here.

The Photography folder holds my favourite processing apps. Some of them not as well used any more and some used all the time. Sounds like time for a clean-up. The highlights in here would be VSCOcam, Snapseed, PS Touch plus Over for adding type, Squaready for white backgrounds and PicFrame for collages.

There are some apps for easy reference ~ Maps and GoPro ~  and then some new ones like Hyperlapse and Over’s little brother Quick. I like having Little Moments there to post photo a day images when I can’t be bothered typing the day’s prompt [how lazy is that!].

Health is iOS’s new medikit app. I have no apps that presently talk to this but it has a neat Medical ID feature which records your vital information and can be accessed on the locked screen under Emergency. And Fitbit ~ which I used to have on like the sixth screen and I would swipe and swipe to check my steps. I thought perhaps it would be better before all the recipe apps than after. It seemed more fitting.

And Feedly. Some people have a shot at this app but I really like it. I mourned Google Reader but have found feedly a more than worthy replacement and it has something Reader never did ~ apps! I use it on iPhone and iPad and like Pinterest, find it quite seamless throughout. The slightly bigger iPhone6 screen is not bad for reading through blogs on this app either, though I usually prefer my iPad when I can.

So, favourite apps? Hoarder or minimalist? Folders or randomness?

What does your iPhone say about you?


groove pulp // coffee shop productivity … at home

coffee shop productivity

You know that feeling when you are at a coffee shop and you seem to get so much more done, you’re inspired, things are rolling off your fingers.

It’s hard to recreate that at home.

But this playlist I found on Spotify helps to do the trick. It’s long and eclectic so grab your favourite beverage and hit play.

Add to the ambience with Coffitivity. They share research that shows it’s  hard to be creative in a quiet space but, the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.

This post goes into detail about how to optimise your environment for creativity, including temperature, noise and lighting.

Here’s how it works: moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. Or, in other words, when we struggle just enough to process things as we normally would, we resort to more creative approaches.

Stream one from your device and one from your computer to create a true coffee house ambience!

Happy creating!


resource // word hippo


How many times?

How many times is that word on your tip of your tongue? Ok, the tip of my tongue.

That’s why I bookmarked word hippo the minute it came across my computer.

WordHippo tells you the meaning and also finds synonyms, antonyms, words that rhyme with it, sentences containing it, other words starting or ending with it, its etymology, and much more.

Word hippo / found via Life Hacker

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