My 10.5" iPad goes with me almost everywhere, as such it’s set up so I can get work done quickly, because I often only have a few minutes here or there (such as on the tram on the way to work). I use the Smart Keyboard and I’ve got very good at finding places to balance the setup on.
As you can see, most of my apps are in the dock. On my Homescreen I do have the feedback app which is present for anyone beta testing iOS - this is my not so subtle nudge to myself to actually file bug reports and usability issues.
My dock is from right to left:
- Folder: Fun Stuff. This contains social media apps, and some games - as well as Reeder, my RSS app of choice.
- Fantastical, the calendar view works really well for me, I love the combined week, list and month view.
- OmniFocus, aka my real brain. If it needs to get done, it goes in here.
- Drafts 5 - with a purple icon because I love purple! Text starts here, gets processed here, and sometimes ends here too.
- Safari, I probably spend too much time browsing the internet, but I often use it in split screen.
- Sidefari, this is an little known app which is very handy if you want to have two Safari windows side by side, without them both being 50% of the screen - it also means you can replace one of those apps with something else (usually Drafts for me). You can read more about Sidefari on my blog.
- Launch Center Pro, an oldie but a goodie. This allows me to have quick access to groups of Workflows, and there’s a folder in it for time/location based reminders to do certain workflows, launch apps, etc.
- Utilities Folder: This folder contains things like the Apple TV remote app, 1Password, Settings, App Store, TestFlight.
- Programming Folder: This is where I keep Coda, Prompt, DraftCode, Swift Playgrounds, Pythonista and so on. If I can use it to program on iOS then it lives here.
- Files and Documents Folder: Here there be monsters, including Office for iOS. I also have the iWork suite and the Google suite, Quip, DevonThink, Ulysses, OmniOutliner, Resilio Sync, and Scrivener. I try and group document management and creation together.
- Work Folder: This iPad comes to work with me, so I have the Cisco Jabber app for calls, Firefox, Microsoft Remote Desktop, a German-English dictionary, Rocket Chat, and OwnCloud (which breaks the files rule, but I only use it for work so it’s ok!).
- Workflow, probably the most frequently used app on my iPad. I have 768 Workflow workflows in there right now.
- Gladys - the shelf app I’m using right now. I keep wavering between Gladys and Copied. A shelf is very useful when you’re trying to collect bits of data to do things with (especially when studying for my Masters). I often use Drafts if I’m just collecting links though.
Nearly everything lives in my Dock because it makes it much easier for me to drag things into split screen from there, which is how I do a lot of my work. I do use spotlight to find some apps and go from there, but without a keyboard shortcut to say “make this the application on the X side of the screen” it feels less efficient than a short swipe up to the dock and dragging.