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Home screen & subscriptions in 2022

I meant to post this on the first, but then forgot. Thankfully, other microbloggers posted their iterations of this genre.

Here’s my iPhone setup.

I only have one home screen. Merlin Mann convinced me on a podcast years ago to keep at least on row empty. I think he was talking about committments, but he said something to the effect that if we’re always operating at 80 or 90 percent, we won’t have anything left when the opportunity of a lifetime arrives. When Apple made it possible to keep the bottom row empty, I did it immediately. I suppose you could call it minimalism, but I learned the lesson elsewhere, from stoicism. That’s what I get for double majoring in Ancient Greek and Latin.

In the dock is Drafts, YNAB, Omifocus, and Scanner Pro, These are the critical and crucial for my day-to-day. Nearly everything I write starts in Drafts. I send links there from Twitter or the web and tag them with what I want to do with them (email, Omnifocus, Microblog); I, er, draft, emails, manuscripts, and reading notes before processing them periodically through the week. YNAB is a budget and expense tracker that my wife and I use; while I’m aware of the kerfluffle over the price increase, I’m not bothered by it because there’s nothing else comparable right now. I’ve been an Omnifocus user for a very long time; you couldn’t pay me to leave them. I’m sure I could find a better app than Scanner Pro, but it’s very useful when I work on a white board while teaching or in my office and need a PDF of it before I erase. I occasionally scan other documents, but most of the tme it’s just this uni-purpose and good enough that I want fast access.

My iPad home screen is a hot mess.

A lot of similar items like Drats and Omnifocus. I have two text editors worth noting, Editorial and iA Writer. Both are good when I need something different than Drafts. iA is great for prose and has more or less replaced Editorial. YMMV. I need to consolidate the various files from both and make space for a dedicated code editor like Textastic so that I can work on R scripts when I’m away from my laptop but still want to get some writing done.

Here, it’s all in the dock and the widgets are helpful. But note that I have two calendar widgets. It’s just an experiment to see which format makes the most sense for my uses. I expect my iPad setup to look a lot different at the end of the year.

What else am I subscribed to?

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