No More App Hunting – How to Organize Your Apps

According to a 2017 study, the average smartphone user has more than 80 apps on their phone and uses more than 40 on a monthly basis. With thousands of apps available, they can quickly crowd our screens and become overwhelming. And if you’ve spent more than 30 seconds hunting for an app on your phone, you know how frustrating it can be.

Just like clutter in our home or office, clutter on our phone screen can cause stress and anxiety. But with a little organization, you can make things easier to find, save time, and reduce aggravation.

With just a few minutes out of your day, you can quickly solve this problem and create an organizational system that works for you. Note: on Apple devices, users can create folders to store their apps, while on Android devices, they can be sorted onto different screens–but the organizational methods I suggest will work either way.

Here are my favorite ways to easily organize your apps for a more orderly mobile device:

  • Organize by functionality – This is the best, most popular (and most logical) option.  Categories could be: Finance (bank apps, stock market apps, Venmo, Paypal, Square, Apple Wallet, etc.), Music (Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, etc.), Shopping (Amazon, Etsy, Target, Poshmark, etc.), Social (Facebook, Pinterest, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, etc.), Travel (Air B&B, Lyft/Uber, Southwest Airlines, etc.), Home (Alexa, Simplisafe, etc.)
  • Organize alphabetically – As long as you always know the name of the app you’re searching for, you can easily find it in a list arranged by name. If you have folders of apps, you can arrange the folders alphabetically. If you’re like me, however, sometimes you’re just looking for ‘that app that edits photos,’ and in that case, this probably isn’t the greatest method (refer to “organize by functionality” tip above).

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  • Position apps based on color – Maybe your brain remembers visuals rather than words, and you know that you need ‘the app with the green icon’ or ‘the one with the red square.’ If this is the case, arranging apps based on color can be a winning solution. Warning: Apps update their icons and this can really mess you up if you are accustom to visually locating an app.

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  • Organize by frequency – Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you can put your most frequently used apps on your home screen and lesser-used apps on subsequent pages. It’s best to limit your pages to no more than three, or it can become overwhelming. If necessary, you can organize apps on the second and third pages into folders, using the methods listed above.
  • Don’t be afraid to eliminate! – For some reason, people seem to collect apps and hold onto them forever (we also do this with digital files, paper, emails…) – whether they use them or not. All of those unnecessary icons on your screen can lead to time lost and poor productivity. Take a quick look through your apps and eliminate anything that you haven’t used in the last 90 days. If it’s been more than three months, it’s likely you don’t need it anyway!

At the end of the day, organizing your apps is great, but despite the best classification of information, we can still forget where we put something – no matter how logical it seemed at the time. Learn to use the keyword search functionality on your phone – this is the best and easiest way to find what you’re looking for on your mobile device. If you don’t know how to do this, you can check out one of these tutorials for iPhone or Android users to teach yourself how.

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Have you used any of these methods to organize your apps? Perhaps a different system? How did it work out for you?

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6 Books About Getting Organized You Should Read

Getting organized is one of the biggest struggles we face. If you ignore it, the mess can overwhelm your life, but at the same time, how do you know where to begin? Sometimes, you have to hit the books, in this case, the organizing books; that’s why we compiled a list of our top six books about getting organized that you shouldn’t live without.

Stop Organizing, Start Producing

 

Stop Organizing, Start Producing: Leverage the 12 Factors that Make or Break the Busy Professional by Casey Moore is an all-time favorite in the organizing books genre, and here’s why. It shows you that productivity is a chain with strong and weak links. Instead of focusing on fixing what isn’t broken, you’re able to break down your process and figure out where you’re wasting time. It’s for the busy professional who needs to leverage their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. By using her Productivity Chain® model, you can control your work, time, and perspective to increase productivity and gain a richer quality of life.

 

 

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

 

Sometimes you have trouble identifying clutter whether it’s in your home, workspace, or in the mind, body, or spirit. You’ve heard the phrase that a workspace or home is a reflection of the mind, right? Karen Kingston wrote a book that changed the way we viewed clutter in our lives. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever is the guide for overcoming the emotional restrictions that keep us from decluttering. With over 457 Amazon reviews and critical acclaim by entrepreneurs, CEOs, and busy Moms alike, this guide from the Space Clearing branch of Feng Shui has proven itself for almost twenty years.

Organizing Plain & Simple

 

If you need practical tips and a fantastic resource for checklists for building schedules, routines, and habits, then Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide With Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges may be precisely what you’re looking for. Donna Smallin has written a straightforward guide to set you on the path to reorganizing your life. She takes organization down to the basics and gives you room-by-room solutions, as well as tips on organizing your finances, time, home life, and those tricky life transitions like moving and season changes that throw us off.

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

 

By now, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo. She’s the founder of the widely regarded KonMari Method of de-cluttering. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is more about the lifestyle change needed to overcome clutter in our lives and minds. Instead of organizing room-by-room, the KonMari Method lets you organize category-by-category; this is destined to be one of those classic organizing books.

 

 

The Myth of Multi-Tasking

For years we’ve believed that multitasking was the key to success, but research has proven that the opposite is true. Dave Crenshaw tackles this in his book The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing it All” Gets Nothing Done. In a short amount of time, Dave breaks down the myth and provides actionable solutions to wrangle control of your time. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re always busy but not as productive as you thought, this may be the book for you.

 

 

 

The Power of Habit

 

Dealing with our habits is a constant struggle. Good or bad, our habits define our lives. Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. He breaks down how to find those cues and triggers that start the bad habit and then helps us find out why (the reward) we do it. It’s an excellent book for those who want to break bad habits and build solid ones that lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

 

 

 

You’re not born organized, and everyone’s process of organization is different. Which books about getting organized have you interested? Let us know in the comments below. If you’ve got another recommended read, we’d love to hear that one, too.

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