The iPhone is a wonderful device that has made all of our lives more productive, but could it also lead to undue stress? With the constant barrage of app icons, push notifications, and warning messages, I sure think so.
Take a look inside for our 5 secrets to iPhone bliss and contentment, and see if you agree…
Step 1: Turn off the battery percentage indicator
Stop stressing over the fact that you only have 30% left on your charge, and keep a few spare chargers in convenient places to stop your “power stressing.” If it dies, it dies. So be it, that’s what voicemail is for.
Step 2: Eliminate redundant apps
How many times have you looked at your iPhone and debated on what app you should use to accomplish a certain task? That should never be an issue. If you keep redundant apps to a minimum, you can focus on getting your tasks done, and not so much on how to do them.
Step 3: Keep your Home screens to a minimum
If you have to swipe more than three times to get to an app you need, something’s wrong. The fewer Home screens you have, the better.
I recommend populating the first screen with all of your daily essentials, like Clock, App Store, Calendar, Pandora, Netflix, Settings, etc., and relegate everything else to the second page in appropriately named folders. In situations such as these, tweaks like FolderEnhancer make a big difference.
Step 4: Stop with the cluttering tweaks and distracting wallpaper
Honestly, do you really need 6 icons in your dock? Tweaks like these clutter the interface, and ironically make finding what you need all the more difficult. There was a time when I was pretty high on putting as many app icons on screen at once, but I’ve learned that doing so can be counterproductive. Now I’m back to the stock amount.
Besides, why not let us be the guinea pigs? We make it our goal to test out every tweak and app released on the Cydia store. That way, we can let you know if it’s worth your time, or not.
Wallpapers can be a big distraction as well, just use your discretion in this regard. If it sends your eyes in a frenzy, it’s probably not doing your stress level any favors.
Step 5: Remove unnecessary push and badge notifications
Apple’s intrusive way of handling push notifications is a surefire recipe for iPhone related stress, so why not put the muzzle on some of the more unneeded ones in the bunch? Receiving fifty notifications a day from CNN “breaking news” is enough to spin anyone into a frenzy.
The badge notifications are also a constant reminder that you have to do something, even if it’s something that really has no relevancy in your life. Disable them, or at least hide those annoying badges with a jailbreak tweak or two.
How do you feel about iPhone related stress, is it the real deal, or is it just a figment of my runaway imagination? Do you have any tips to add to the list? Sound off in the comments below.