This is how I organize my phone.

This is how I organize my phone.


– So what’s something
that never leaves my side, constantly interrupts me and doesn’t have a silent mode? My wife. (laughs) I’m a dead man. They say with great power comes great responsibility. And that couldn’t be more true when it comes to the computers
we carry around every day in our pockets. I, like many of you, have battled with how to
bring my phone into my life without it taking over my life. So in this video, I want to
talk about how I use my phone, and the apps I use regularly
that actually improve my life, instead of drain my energy. This is what’s on my phone. (chimes) – Oh, Matt, you got a message. Who’s… (phone clanking on the floor) – It’s a friend from work. I would never just unlock my
phone and hand it to somebody, especially somebody like you, you filthy bastard. But, I wanna try to get
as close as I possibly can in this video. So, I’m gonna walk you through my phone, detail all of the apps that
I currently have installed, the ones that have added
the most value to my life, as well as, I think more importantly, the things that I choose
not to put on my phone. So, let’s just look at it. This is what’s on my phone. So by the way, before I get into it, I will be leaving links in the description for everything
I mention in this video. So the first thing you’ll notice when you look at my phone is that I don’t fill up the entire screen. On this home screen here, I only keep the apps that
I use on a regular basis. Usually those that I’m
coming back to every week. On the second page here, I have the apps that
I use less frequently. So I get a lot of use out
of Apple’s alarm clock, in addition to using it
for my morning alarm, I also use it to remind me of meetings, phone calls, and important events. I realize, I could set a reminder notification through my calendar, but the assurance of an alarm
clock is worth it for me. I just worry that if I put
my phone on silent mode, I won’t receive those notifications. I haven’t missed a phone call or meeting since I’ve taken this approach. I use a lot of Google products for work, so I tend to go with their native apps instead of syncing them through Apple. These are some of my
plans for the weekend. You might’ve seen in my last video that I recently made the switch from storing all my personal
photos and videos on iCloud to Google Photos. I’ve been really happy with that switch over the past couple of weeks, syncing across devices is instant and the search feature is really powerful. So I can just click on
Natalie’s face here, and these are all based
upon facial recognition so I don’t have to do any extra work. A little bit creepy but it works. I use Apple Wallet to store
all my tickets for travel, as well as my gym login barcode. I use the notes app on a daily basis, I created separate folders for
different categories of work and one for personal. This Videos folder
stores all my video ideas. I create a separate note for each idea, and then I flesh them out
further right within the app, usually on my MacBook Pro. This is Audible, Audible is actually the
sponsor of this weeks video, I’ll talk more about them
at the end of the video, as well as, talk a little
bit about this audiobook I’m listening to now by Gary Vaynerchuk. It’s a really good one. This app is Dashlane, and I use it to store all my passwords. This is the Waking Up app, by Sam Harris. Everyday he adds a 10
and 20 minute meditation. He has other content in there as well, but I mostly use it for the meditations. Now I usually don’t have
Instagram installed on my phone, but I’ve been posting to IGTV a lot lately and wanted to get a better
feel for the platform and engage more on Instagram. I haven’t found it to be
too distracting lately, but I’ll probably clear it from my phone as soon as I find I’m using
it just a little bit too much. I use Slack for
communicating with my team. At the bottom of my phone of course, we’ve got the phone and messages app, as well as Spotify. When I’m working,
specifically when I’m writing, I like to listen to Deep
Focus or low-fi beats. They really help me to
get locked in to my work. This is some of the other music I’ve been listening to lately. And this app is called TeuxDeux, it’s how I manage tasks
for work and personal, I like it because it allows
me to organize my to do list on a daily basis. It’s super simple, but works for me. I’ll add a little note here, (keyboard typing) You know what? I don’t really have time to do this today, so I’ll just push this until tomorrow. And on the second page here, I have different folders categorizing work, film,
other, as well as travel. If we open up work, we have Google Chrome, looks like my brother
was using my phone again, Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, and FreshBooks for scanning receipts. In the film tab I’ve got a
couple of films tools here, from GoPro, to Camera Connect for Cannon, as well as ROV Motion
for my electric slider. And let’s go into the other folder, I’m not gonna go through all of these apps because I don’t use them very often. GuitarTuna has been great
for tuning my guitar, iRobot for our robot vacuum cleaner, which actually is surprisingly amazing! Scannable has been a great way for me to store my documents digitally. And nothing else really super interesting on the rest of these. And finally we’ve got travel. I use Maps.Me when I’m
traveling out of the country, it works really great,
it’s good for navigation. I don’t have an allegiance
to any specific airline, basically the one that is cheapest, as well as least painful. And we’ve got Nest here, which is for home security. (sirens) that’s probably not what you think it is, it’s actually just money,
drugs, and chili pepper. So, it’s really not much of a big deal. I don’t know why you guys are
acting all weird about it. And that’s it. That’s everything that I have on my phone. I hope you guys got a
little bit of inspiration from checking out how I organize my phone. Again, I think the biggest things are what I don’t have on it. I don’t have a whole lot of social media, I do have Instagram like I said, for now. But I’ll likely delete
it in a couple of days. I don’t keep email on my phone, That’s something I’ve been doing for, I would say, the past couple of years now. And that has been hugely helpful, in not keeping me distracted. If I’m traveling, I’ll usually
just download it to my phone. That’s an important thing to mention, if you delete these apps, definitely check on which
app you’re deleting, you usually don’t lose the data. So with Instagram, I delete it, nothing happens, and I can
reinstall it at anytime. And I find that in the past,
I have kinda hidden apps away, like three pages deep and then put them into folders. But I always found my way to them. I could just swipe down and
just search for Instagram. So that, typically, hasn’t helped me as much
as just deleting the app. That amount of friction, having to go into the app store, download it, sign in, find my password, put it in, and then log in, it’s just, I’m like, Ah, screw
it, it’s not worth it for me. So, hope that helped you out. Hope you guys got some tips about how to organize your own phone. So when it comes to life advice, I’ve always leaned on authors
and audio books to help me. And one person, who I’ve been consuming and
listening to a lot lately is, Gary V. His audio book, Ask Gary
V, is available on Audible. And it’s packed with tons
of great, practical advice. What I love specifically about
Gary’s audio book is that, he doesn’t just follow a script, he kinda goes off the cuff
and gives these hot takes and deep dives into the
topics he’s talking about. Start listening with a
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34 thoughts on “This is how I organize my phone.

  1. Hey Matt, love your videos and especially your attention to detail within the notes app "Tour my Tiny Meth Lab" lol just made my day!

  2. I'm the kind of idiot who deems that anything that doesn't exist in plain sight doesn't exist. Thus, it's effective enough for me to hide my social media in folders and out of my homescreen. I also silence all the notifications I get from email and social media so they don't distract me.

    Sometimes, I'm not sure if this is a blessing or not.

  3. that an awesome video you made bro for me as a teen student I dont have data on my phone. So what I do is I have lots of offline apps that do not uses data until I am near free wifi. Most of my apps I used daily is offline because it dont need internet to used them which I have a lot of application. I needed also to organized my apps. keep up with your content bro

  4. This really helped me out..I had a lot of apps that I just did not use, I noticed that you don't have any financial apps, such as banks, credit cards etc.

  5. The comedy got me bruh. Waiting on the meth video lmao. Also it was so great to see you have no snapchat
    (btw im on snapchat, but mostly for the nudes)

  6. Or, you could move away from iPhone for their terrible organization capabilities. Looks like a boomer’s windows desktop everutime I see it lol. S20 Ultra master race

  7. Did he just call “x number of people” x= all the viewers till the life of the video! Very minimal approach to scold every single person watching! 😎

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