It can’t be helped; sometimes, how you keep your room clean in real life reflects how you organize your app layout on your mobile device’s screen. Just as a messy room makes going around the room itself a bit tricky, so, too, does a disorganized app list for a mobile device translate to a less pleasant user experience, particularly for the owner. Here are some tips for those who want to have a properly organized mobile device – even if their rooms aren’t half as neat.
Back to Basics
First things first, do make an inventory of all your apps, find out which are the ones you always use, and which are the ones that were impulse buys, and which are the ones that are important for your everyday use.
Do take note of redundant apps – you may already have a similar app. In such a case, weigh their user experience and functions, to see which one offers more and is easier to use.
It’s also a good idea to separate personal-use apps from office-use apps (if you have any).
It’s a good idea to keep one screen of your mobile device’s desktop dedicated to communication apps. That way, if you have to contact anyone using your mobile device, you can immediately switch to one screen and decide how you will contact them.
For example, the top row could be the ones you use the most, such as instant messaging apps linked to social media sites, or those that your friends or co-workers use by default. After that, you should include special communication apps, such as RingCentral business phone service apps, or messaging apps with video capabilities as part of their major functions. Finally, you can also devote a row to e-mail apps.
Social media, due to how many social media apps there are, could probably have a separate screen or page, This one, you can order by usage, then by main function – from standard social media sites, to video sites, to audio sites, and then finally to photo sites.
At the most basic, you should have a scheduling app, or a calendar. Do make sure that your scheduling app also has reminder functions, and if it has a function that interfaces with your e-mail apps to send out reminders to other people for the meeting you have, then all the better.
Aside from that, you should also have notepad or office suites. You don’t necessarily have to use them for work to appreciate what a set of office apps can do for your personal organization efforts.
It’s a good idea to have at least one or two finance or budget management apps. However, you may have to beef up your mobile device’s security, as these types of apps do handle your sensitive money matters. Some of them can even transact with your various banks or credit cards, and even your utility companies.
These kinds of apps can help you keep yourself in the black, so you can have less stress over your own finances.
For some people, they can live perfectly well without a single game in their mobile device. However, for those who prefer to have at least some form of entertainment, you should consider buying at least two or three games to keep you company. What’s important, however, is to know when to discard a game app, so you don’t end up having so many game apps taking up precious space in your mobile device’s desktop screen.
If you will buy app games, make sure one is for repetitive, skill- and level-based game play, and the other one is a platform game that has an interesting subject matter for you.