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‘Less Mental Overhead’

Ben Brooks in Removing Mental Overhead on Your iPhone:

If you take a look at my current home screen you can see that I have only 16 visible app icons, and 3 folders for 19 icons total. It used to be that the first page and dock were full of individual icons, and the second page was entirely folders. […] The difference between the two systems: the new system has far less visual clutter. And less visual clutter means less mental overhead — in other words I don’t have to think too much about where something might be.

I have been using for months a similar setup1 with only two pages of apps of which I rarely open the second page and instead also search for everything with Spotlight. This work’s rather well for me.

This, Ben’s or CGB Grey’s setup, is intriguing and I will give it a try, even though I’m not much fan of folder’s on the home-screen. But if I don’t try, I will not find out.


  1. The homescreen in that post is already totally redundant. I will post a new one in a couple of weeks. 

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