With the demise of Google Inbox coming soon I decided it was time to make a switch and start exploring other alternatives. In the past week, I feel like I’ve been through every email app on the market and they have something that annoys me.  I’ve come to the conclusion that finding the perfect email app is like finding the perfect to-do app. Or the perfect editor. It’s just not possible.

After trying a dozen and becoming fed up I just tossed up my hands and said enough. Then I set up Apple Mail on all my devices and decided to just embrace it. I have no trust the 3rd party apps will be around in five years, and as of right now, I don’t like Gmail. I don’t like the colors, the fonts, and the way it feels. It’s just not for me.

As I made the switch to Apple Mail it got me thinking, why not embrace all the Apple apps? There are quite a few that come standard that I’ve never given a real chance. I decided to change that and I’m giving myself a week to go all in on just Apple apps. Reminders, Calendar, Notes, Mail, Music, and News. I’ve removed all 3rd party apps off my iOS device that are competitors to those and I’m curious to see how good or bad this change will be.

Here is my current iOS homepage to give you an idea of what I’m trying to do:

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iOS Home Screen

This next week might be painful or I might find new workflows. That’s why I embrace change, especially in tech, and without change, we get complacent and stale. I like to push forward, not look back.