I did an 80/20 analysis of my iPhone apps to clear out all the clutter that I never ever use, so maybe it would be easier to find the things that I do use when I need them.
I had 108 apps on my phone. Out of those 108, 32 of them were “default” apps that could not be deleted. Of the other apps, I decided to keep 46 and delete 30. So now I have 78 apps shown on just 4 screens of my iPhone.
Of the apps I decided to keep, here are the 20 I use most often:
- Clock – Comes standard with iPhone. It’s my alarm clock and timer.
- Fitbit – I use this for sleep and weight tracking
- Balanced – Keeps me on task
- Weather – Standard with iPhone.
- Podcasts – Another standard app.
- Kindle – to read Amazon ebooks
- Google Keep – My notes and todo lists
- Google Maps – to navigate and find places
- Pomodoro – for pacing my work day
- OverDrive – I can borrow ebooks from my local library
- CardStar – For storing my cards
- Google Calendar – My calendar
- MLB At Bat – to keep track of MLB baseball
- Wikipedia – to get quick info
- Messages – for texting
- Alexa – Centralized shopping list
- Twitter – For sharing little things with the public
- Google Drive – to look at my Google docs
- Goodreads – for keeping track of my books
- Google Photos – My entire photo archive
All of these apps are free except for Pomodoro and MLB At Bat.
Some apps that have fallen out of favor
I stopped using Evernote in favor of Google Keep, because Google Keep is free and simpler with most of the same features. I still use TripAdvisor, but I haven’t been traveling as much. I still use Epicurious, but I’ve been using more recipes from my library of cookbooks recently. All my reading is now done on Kindle, OverDrive, and Google Drive, so I no longer need Play Books. I’m trying to stay off of Facebook because it’s such a time suck. I also stopped reading Google News because it’s all negativity that I don’t need right now. And I haven’t been trying so many new restaurants lately, so I don’t use Yelp so much.