As someone who is trying to approach a more minimalist lifestyle, I’m trying to cull many the things that I don’t really need and make better use of those that I do.
This week’s plan is to apply that logic to my iPhone. When I initially took possession of my 64gb phone, my initial response was to put everything on it. All the apps in the world. Because I could. Apps I’d never heard of got installed just in case I ever found the time to try them or the energy to use them. The problem now is that my phone is a jumbled mess of folders, apps and tools. I need to streamline it. There’s no point in having every productivity and list-making app in the known universe, if I never actually use any of them! Despite a plethora of such productivity tools, I’m more than likely to be found with a notebook and pen in hand, writing lists, than I am using Evernote. You just can’t beat a Moleskine…
Apps I use:
Springpad: I initially used this for keeping track of lots of plans and lists, but now it’s used for two things only: keeping a list of cultural events I’ve attended and keeping a list of books I’ve read or plan to read. I love it for that, because it adds images of book covers to the list so it’s really clear to see what’s on there.
Shazam: Not a productivity app, but one that listens to music and identifies it, so I can spend too much money buying music in iTunes.
IMDb: For deciding whether we should watch a film or not. But mostly for ending arguments about which actor was in which film, what that character was called, and if we’ve actually seen that film or not…
Vimeo: Like YouTube, but more attractive. With Kinfolk.
Afterlight, VSCOcam, A Beautiful Mess, Pro HDR, Snapseed. All photography apps, because at the moment I don’t have a camera and so iPhone photography is the only way for me.
Duolingo and Mindsnacks French: Fun French study.
WordPress: For last minute blog posts alterations and on-the-go blogging.
Booking.com and Airbnb: We use these for microadventures and last minute hotel bookings.
As you can see, I’m only using a handful of Apps, and big, well-known ones at that. So I could do with your help.
Are there any iPhone apps that you love? What should I be keeping or adding to my phone, when I get rid of all my clutter? And is there a productivity App that is better than a Moleskine notebook and pen?