Since widgets came out with iOS 15, I’ve been obsessed with finding the right amount of information to fit on that screen…the perfect combo of accessibility and glanceability.
I had multiple pages, customizable by focus modes, with widgets galore…until a few days ago.
I came to a realization that I wasn’t using most of the widgets and the multiple pages made it harder for me to find what I wanted quickly.
So I decided to do 2 things:
- Simplify my home screens to be 1 page + the App Library1
- Make use of the hidden “Today” screen for widgets I want to reference or use but don’t always want to see.
The result is this:
The left shows the Today screen, which includes the big calendar widget with all of my appointments and such. It also includes:
- Drafts’ quick actions widget for fast input
- A shortcuts widget for commonly used shortcuts I don’t keep on my Home Screen.
- And then below the fold, a number of Home+ widgets for controlling my home and scenes.
The right show’s my sole Home Screen page, which includes:
- A medium widget stack with CARROT Weather, another calendar widget with just the date and upcoming appointments, and recent Drafts
- A small widget stack with links to my Dashboard and the Today note in Craft
- A small widget stack with Apple Music and Overcast.
The icons, from top to bottom and left to right are:
- The Phone
- PCalc (the best calculator app)
- The “I have an idea” shortcut, which takes text or voice input and adds a Draft and a note to Craft
- The “Read” shortcut, which gives me a list of reading apps, including Reader by Readies, Substack, Kindle, News, and a link to my unsorted notes in Craft
- The “Journal” shortcut, which takes text or voice input and adds a bullet item to my today note in Craft2
- The Clock app, so I can see the time down to the second.
- The “Add Task” shortcut, which creates a new task in Omnifocus
- The “Money” shortcut, which gives me a list of all the financial apps I check each morning
And then the dock: Safari, Messages, Craft, Omnifocus.
A couple of bonus screenshots:
I’d love to know: what does your iPhone home screen look like? Do you use widgets? And what about the Lock Screen?