Do you seem to accumulate more apps than you even know what to do with? Maybe you find out about a new app, download it, and get excited for approximately a week before losing interest or forgetting that you even have it. Apps are amazing tools but without being organized and having a system, it’s likely that you’re missing out on how much apps can help your life.
So, let’s talk about some tech organization tips to organize your iPad for 2022.
Monitor What Apps You Use or Don’t Use
Most of us have dozens of apps on our iPhones or iPads. Some of them you probably use daily or multiple times a day. While others you might have forgotten that they’re even there. The first step towards getting organized is to see what’s working for you and what’s not.
Look over every single app on your iPad and make a list of which ones you use regularly and which ones are just taking up space and are not used often or at all. For apps that you never really use but you think that possibly you might want in the future, add these to your “not now, maybe later” list, which we’ll talk about soon.
Find or Create a System That Works for You
The next step is to find a system for organizing your apps that works for you. For instance, if you get distracted easily, try putting social media apps or email in a harder-to-access folder or away from your first home screen. Even though a few seconds doesn’t seem like a big deal, even knowing that it will take 2 seconds longer to access Instagram or will require an extra swipe can create enough resistance that you might choose something else.
If you feel like your phone is so chaotic and you don’t even know where to start, you can begin with a fresh home screen by using Settings > General > Reset and then tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
Consider what will make it easy to access exactly what you need and what you’re looking for with your app organization. Do you want your apps to be organized by color, how you use them, or alphabetical order? It doesn’t matter what system you choose, just make sure that you remember it and that it works for you.
Have a Monthly or Quarterly Check-In
Just like with any planning method or system, it’s good to do a regular check-in rather than just waiting until things are crazy or out of control. You could do this at the beginning of the month, end of the month, or if that feels like too much, start with once a quarter. I’d also recommend writing it down in your Flourish Digital Planner when you do your monthly planning so that you don’t forget!
As you do your monthly planning, look over your phone and see if there are any apps that you haven’t used at all or very little. This is also a great time to brainstorm any app organization ideas. Consider whether your current system is working well for you or if it’s time to switch it up and try something else.
Create a Not Now, Maybe Later List
Do you ever keep apps on your iPhone or iPad because you think that maybe someday you’ll actually start using them…even though you’ve already had them for a year and it hasn’t happened yet? I get it, I’ve done this too. To help solve this problem, you can create a list on your phone called, “not now, maybe later.” I just do this in the notes app.
When you have an app you don’t use, go to your “not now, maybe later” list and write down the name of the app and maybe a sentence or two describing the app and what it does. Then, go ahead and delete the app from your phone.
Be Thoughtful About What You Allow on Your First Home Screen
We mentioned it a little bit above, but as you’re organizing, be as intentional as you can with what apps you choose to put on your first home screen. Don’t let just any app make it onto this page. For instance, think about the type of person that you want to be a year or two from now. Once you have that image in your head, ask yourself what apps will help me get there?
If you imagine yourself in shape, you should have an exercise app. Or, if you’ve always dreamed of speaking Spanish or another language, Duolingo, Google Translate or other language learning apps should be on your first home screen as well. Make it as easy as possible for yourself to make good choices about what apps you choose to open or use.
A Few Final Words
At first, thinking about how to organize your iPad apps might feel stressful but don’t worry, it’s super simple, and nothing is set in stone. You can change things up whenever you need to. Remember, start by monitoring what you already have. Then, create or find a system that works for you, do a regular check-in, create a “not now, maybe later” list, and always be intentional about what you keep on your iPad, especially on your first home screen. Start now, and know that practice makes perfect.