My job involves software development and in it we always consider the default values for a field where a user is expected to enter value and if the field is mandatory at all? There’s plenty of great research that shows that our actions are heavily biased by the default option. Given how important defaults are to our decision making, every once a while, it is helpful to ask ourselves – what is our default setting?
Today I want to talk about defaults but in different context.
How does one chooses the 4 easy-to-launch apps/dock/ bottom row on your phone?
I would imagine it depends on frequency of apps, so more frequently the app is used it get a place in dock.
Being a new mother with lack of uninterrupted time, I had a thought one day – what if, instead, I chose the apps based on what I would like to be the highest frequency apps to be?
For example, my default list used to be – Phone, messages, Safari and Camera
Having considered this, my new default list is – Phone, Notes, Kindle and Camera (this is how you customise apps on iPhone dock) . As a new mother, with plenty of feeding sessions I would love to use more of the Kindle app during that time. As most of the things this will be an experiment – I am interested in finding out if that would help me get more reading done. I will report back.
It is on us what we choose and I choose a optimising over wasting, I choose a good book over scrolling through Facebook feed.
What is your default setting – whatever you decide to choose, choose it wisely.