My iPhone Setup: Increased Productivity, Fewer Distractions

In the past couple weeks I have majorly upped my iPhone productivity game.

This is due in large part to a podcast called Cortex, which is basically a bunch of conversations between a well-known YouTuber and a well-known podcaster about email, to-do apps, home screens, and other nerdy stuff.

I love it (because I am a nerdy YouTuber/podcaster), but I think anyone who works with technology and wants to become more productive will enjoy it as well. It doesn’t hurt that one of the hosts is CGP Grey, who makes some of the best educational videos on the internet.

Today, I’ll walk you through how I’ve set up my phone to maximize my productivity and reduce phone-based distractions.

This is very much work-in-progress, but I think it’s a massive improvement over what I was rocking before. Here’s a shot of that old homescreen:

Not terrible, but not really great either. Aside from the game sitting on the homescreen that shouldn’t be there, there’s a lot of visual clutter.

The new setup reduces visual clutter, organizes my apps better, and also cuts down majorly on distractions (and the potential for distraction).

Check out the video to see it in action, or scroll down for links to some of the apps I use.

P.S. – I’m speaking at a conference in North Carolina this week, so much of my time has been spend creating my presentation. That’s why the second video in my speed reading series isn’t out yet – it’ll go live next week!

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

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Video Notes

Do you have any other apps or tips for organizing your phone that helps you be more productive?

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Christian

Hey Thomas,

This is a great video! From time to time, you not only need to tidy up your room or apartment, but also your smartphone. 😉 I think this is one of the fields where you can always achieve better results because you continue to improve setups and structures. The same goes for your desk, your room, your bookshelf and so on.

Keep up the good work!

Chris

Sharankan

Hey man,

Great stuff you got going on here! just wondering if there were any apps for iphones which limits your use on certain apps. So you have a specific amount of time on that app and when the time runs out, you cant use it until an allocated time period is up.

Thanks!

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