Science tells us that there are certain apps that make us happy and certain apps that don’t (I’ve written about that here). Knowing the science, here’s how I organize the front screen of my phone:
The apps on the front screen are geared towards productivity, music, weather and education (podcasts in Google Play, interviews with Smart Recorder, productivity with Todoist). We know these apps tend to increase our mood. Now look at the second screen:
Social networking, stats for my blog and e-mail all go on the second screen. Dating apps would go here as well. We know these apps tend to decrease our mood. I need to make an intentional screen swipe to access them, each time thinking, “proceed with caution.”
It’s also worth noting that my phone is almost always in black-and-white. I’ve written about why that is here.