A Simple Digital Life

Tidbits No. 28

iPhone photo: Google is Skynet. Graffiti. 

iPhone photo: Google is Skynet. Graffiti. 

In a year of big revelations about online surveillance, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo emerged as an alternative that won't track or filter bubble you! There are iOS and Android companion apps for DuckDuckGo and you can add the search engine to your desktop browser. I've been using DuckDuckGo for a week now, and interestingly, I find the search results it's giving me much more relevant than Google's! 

RÉPUBLIQUE by Camouflaj is a thrilling, challenging, and topical, stealth-action puzzle game for the iPad. It's set in a dystopian world and the story examines subjects like Orwellian oppression, paranoia, surveillance, censorship, revolution and the uncertainty of your own all-seeing presence’s intent. Your mission is to rescue Hope, République’s young heroine. By hacking into the oppressive totalitarian nation's elaborate surveillance network, you guide Hope through a maze of danger and deception. 

Organising Your iPhone & iPad

How to organize your iPhone and iPad

Just like decluttering your desktop space by deleting unused apps can help you stay focused, organising your remaining apps can make it much easier and more fun to use your device. 

Rearranging Apps

To rearrange apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" then, arrange the apps by dragging them. Press the home button to save your arrangement.

Organising your apps

Organising your apps

Organizing your iPhone by Using Home Screens

It makes sense to want the apps that we most often use on our main home screen. One way to keep the rest of your apps organised and easy to find, is to sort them onto different home screens. For example, you could use one home screen for social media apps, one for utilities and so on. 

Reduce Clutter by Creating Folders

You can reduce the clutter by grouping apps together in folders. For example, gather all of your photography apps in one folder. To create a folder, tap and hold the app until all the apps start jiggling. Now drag one of the apps onto another. This will create the folder and give it a default name which you can edit if you like. If you want to add more apps to the folder, keep dragging them into the folder. When you’ve finished creating your new folder, tap the Home button to stop the jigging.

Tip

It can be helpful to name your folders by action. For example, instead of using a category like "productivity" you might name a folder "organise" or "do". Instead of "media" you might consider "reading", "play" or "learn". 

Help, I Can't Find an App!

What if you can't find an app that you put in a folder, but now you can’t remember which folder!? 

To locate your app, start by navigating to your home screen. wipe to the right to activate spotlight search and type in the name of the app you're looking for. 

In iOS7: swipe down on any page of your homescreen to reveal the search bar.

Using the Dock for Easy Access to Apps You Use Frequently 

For apps you use frequently, you can create a shortcut to make those apps easily available on every page. Tap and hold an app. When they start to jiggle, drag the app or folders of apps to the bottom of the screen (dock). This will help you to find an app quickly, no matter which page you're on. To remove an app from the dock, simply press and hold the icon and drag it out of the dock and back onto your screen.

A folder in the dock

Put a Folder in the Dock

To drag a folder into the dock, you will have to create it first on the screen, then drag it to the dock. 

Organising Your Device With iTunes

You can organise your apps via iTunes if you prefer. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Select your device and tap Apps.

Select an app and drag it to move it to a different page. You can create folders the same way by dragging an app into another app and optionally renaming the folder. 

Organising Your Smartphone & Tablet

There are many ways to organise and make your iPhone or iPad your own. When you've started to buy some apps and know more about how you like to use your smartphone or tablet, a little time spent organising can save time, increase your productivity and make your device more fun and easy to use.

Decluttering Your iPhone & iPad

How to declutter you iPhone, iPod and iPad
Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

With the sheer number of apps available, it's fun and often inexpensive to try out new, exciting apps. It can easily become a bit of an addiction (do you ever feel like an appoholic?), and you wind up with so many apps that your smartphone (or tablet) becomes a cluttered mess. 

Just like on your computer, unused software takes up extra room on your tablet or smartphone’s storage and makes it harder to find the apps you do use. Cleaning out and organising the apps you use frequently makes it easier for you to focus and find what you need and enjoy to use. It also frees up extra space and helps your device run smoother.

Deleting Unused Apps

To uninstall apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" and then tap the small “X” that appears in the corner to uninstall it. 

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.

Tip

When you connect your device to iTunes, you can get a quick overview of the different types of apps you've installed. 

You can view your apps by Category by using the ‘Sort By’ button. This will give you a picture of the types of apps you've got. For example, if you've got several apps with a similar function, you might like to delete the ones you don't use.  Alternatively, you might like to remove apps that take a lot of space. 

What if I Change my Mind? 

If you change your mind you can restore an app that you used to have, directly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. You won't be charged twice for an app or in-app purchase, provided you use the same iTunes account login. Open the App Store, search for the app and reinstall it. It’s that easy. 

When You've decluttered your iPhone or iPad, it'll be so much easier to organise your remaining apps

Mind the Gap: Making Space In-Between

iPhone photo: writing a letter

iPhone photo: writing a letter

What ever happened to solitude? The pause, the space in-between? That moment of reflection and day dreaming. Time to reframe, refresh and renew. To be present in the moment and connect deeply with other people and ourselves? 

It's so easy to gradually fill that space with busywork. Internet tasks like Facebook updates and blog statistics and suddenly find yourself out of time. 

During my Easter break I reestablished some of the things I love to do to relax, and since then I've been guarding that space like a hawk.

  • Reading books
  • Writing actual letters and notecards
  • Doing Yoga
  • Creative me time (without any purpose)
  • Going for walks
  • Writing in my notebook

And this has put me in a different frame of mind. I'm thinking more about the bigger picture and structure. Simplifying and streamlining the smaller things both in my online and offline life.

This spring, you'll find more writings here at Marmalade Moon, about giving your digital life a spring cleaning, developing a slower pace, more focus and turning your bloated iPhone photo roll into a tidy, organised space.  

There's something about the energy, both in the spring and in the autumn, that makes it feel like a good time for renewal?

A More Simple & Flexible Year

iPhone photo: slow juicer 

iPhone photo: slow juicer 

A More Simple & Flexible Year

It's a new year, and I've been looking at how I can make my digital life more simple and easy. Consolidating and renewing. Refocusingpruning and reinventing my digital life. It's a process. Slowing down to savour my experiences and to connect more fully with others.

Here are some of the changes I've made: 

  • Back up my mobile photos with Dropbox
  • Reevaluate the apps I use for mobile art and photography and sort them into folders
  • Delete unused apps on my iPhone and iPad to make it easier to stay focused.  
  • New email routine. Emails that don't require instant action or an immediate response, get popped into a folder named Monday, and on Mondays it's email day.
  • Simplify how I distribute my news, so that Club Marmalade Moon now also delivers you updates from the blog. 
  • Get a juicer for the studio! New, healthy liquid lunches!

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Tidbits. Consolidated News Bits

Last year I started a regular feature on this blog, where I bring the best bits of news I find on the web back home to Marmalade Moon in Tidbits. It's a weekly mix of inspiration, sparks of genius, beauty, illumination and laughter illustrated with my mobile photos

Have you been making any changes to your digital life this year?

Refocusing Creative Life

iPhone Photography: the first winter day

iPhone Photography: the first winter day

Do you feel a need for reflection at this time of year? In between the energising summer and the comforting winter holidays? Before the bustle of holiday preparations and the blank page of a new year?

I do. It's so easy to get caught up in the bustle of everyday chores, and lose sight of the big picture. This feels like a good time to assess what's been working and what hasn't. I'd like to let go of the baggage of the past and be ready for a new beginning. Ease myself into Christmas and find a focus for next year.

My theme for this autumn has been to reevaluate my expenses, energy and time. I seem to constantly be pruning and reinventing my digital life. Reducing stress, clutter, noise to support focus and creative space. This autumn I’ve reclaimed a surprising amount of time, focus and money by cutting back on online activities, subscriptions and participation in various online forums, challenges, blogs, e-courses, business books and so on, in favour of focusing more on being in the present, spending time with family and friends and exploring opportunities of the offline world. So far I’ve:

  1. Taken a course in “Discovering and Creating Patterns” at the National Gallery of my hometown.
  2. Applied for an artist’s grant to go to Paris for a month! (cross your fingers!)
  3. Set aside Friday afternoons in the studio for spontaneous, playful explorations in different media with a focus on letting go of expectations. It's been wonderful to create a space for my own creativity (aside from client work) and to treat that time with the same respect as I would if it was a course or a meeting with other people.

I thought about what I'd like to focus on during the end of the year, and jotted down my thoughts with pen and paper:

  1. A time to commit to your art and illuminate the skills and resources that nurture your talents. Build a stronger foundation.
  2. Inner wealth.
  3. Look at different ways of generating an income.
  4. Keep it simple. Sensuality. Slow life. The cozy comforts of home.
  5. Bloom where you're planted. Sink in where you are, a path to creativity.

What are your reflections for the end of winter? How has your autumn been? Do you like to refocus and reassess now and then?

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