It’s been a while since I’ve posted my last home screen post, December of 2014 to be exact. I was surprised to see that many of the apps I used back then are still on my phone (14/20 are still there), which reaffirms my belief that innovation in the App Store has someone stagnated. Despite my interest in trying new apps, none seem to come close to the ones on my home screen and the top lists on sites like Homescreen.is and the App Store itself seem to point to other people agreeing as well.
I’ve always viewed the home screen as a dashboard of sorts. Across the top row, you’ll find Fantastical, Dark Sky, Omnifocus, and the Fitbit app. Together these apps paint a pretty good picture of my day: where do I need to be, how’s the weather, what do I need to do, and general activity stats (sleep, heart rate, weight, etc). (I also use Fitbit for tracking how much water I drink.)
The next row is for reference: Day One for journaling, Momentum for habit tracking, Mint for finances, and Notes for capturing bits and pieces I want to remember (carryout menus and what we usually order, date ideas, restaurants to try, etc.)
My third row is for media: Reeder and Pocket for RSS and anything else I want to read or watch later, Overcast for my ever-growing podcast obsession, and Spotify, which for the first time ever has moved out of my dock. I’ll explain why in a future post. (Hint: Workflow is involved.)
Last but not least, the dock, which also features an Andrea-home-screen first – only three icons: Messages, Airmail primarily for triaging mail that I later process at my Mac, and Safari.
For those of you wondering, no I didn’t clean this up for the screenshot, and no I’m not one of those people who turn off all notifications. Anything that happens to have a badge on the home screen is incredibly important though and deserving of pretty rapid attention so it doesn’t stay with a badge for long.