Freddy Montes

Costa Rica (GMT-6)

Frontend Developer with a graphic design degree. UX/UI and Javascript crafter. More

Cleaning my iPhone home screen in pro of more productivity

September 26, 2020

I know that I spend too much time in social media apps. Twitter and Instagram are my nicotine and the same way I quit smoking 10 years ago I need to stop wasting time in social media and put that time in learning more about things that makes me better personally and professionlly.

Social media apps are ‘deliberately’ addictive to users and they do that for the sake of profit which means they are not going to change is up to us do something to detox from them.

If you watch The Social Dilemma in Netflix at the end the ex engineers from Google, Facebook and Twitter recommend that you need to disable notifications, that’s the first step so I did, but I did more.

My new home screen

The first thing after upgrade to iOS 14 was clean my homescreen which now looks like this:

iOS 14 homescreen

  1. Remove all the Social Media apps from the screen, those red dots badges were unavoidable to ble because I see them all the time by just look at my phone.
  2. Send all apps to the App Library, so I have to swipe or search for them.
  3. Add, a constant reminder of the books I have on my phone ready to be read.
  4. Add a widget stack with the most relevant information:

    • Battery
    • Files
    • Reminders
    • Calendar
    • Google Search
  5. Photo widgets for happiness
  6. Mindful Affirmations my source to a more positive mindset.

App Limits

I set a 2 hours daily limit (looking to set it to 1 hour) to all my social media apps.

The goal

Simple, less screen time and/or more quality screen time, meaning more time learning and reading that liking memes. This week my average was 3:22 a day… let’s try to bing that down to 2 hours.


Is on us to stop wasting our time in things that will not bring anything good to our lives.

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