How To Use iPhone Widgets To Stay Motivated And Productive

Widgets have been around for ages, but it took some time for them to finally become useful in our day to day life. With the new iOS update, Apple introduced a whole new way to use widgets effectively and efficiently. By adding particular widgets to your Home Screen, you can easily have the most relevant and important information only a glance away. Currently, the widgets seem to be in trend not only because they are functional, but also they can be used to transform the aesthetics of your iPhone.

But, that is not all. Functionality and aesthetics are just not where it ends. There is so much more these widgets can do for you. Like increasing your productivity and providing your daily dose of motivation. Who doesn’t need some motivation every now and then? Whether you’re going through a rough patch, or just need it to work as fuel to the fire that’s already burning inside you, a good motivational quote can go a long way. With the customizable widgets feature, you can always have these little doses of motivation at the forefront of your Home Screen.

Apart from this, the widgets are also useful as they:

They can save battery life: 

Yes, widgets can indeed be used to save battery life. A lot of widgets are designed to turn on and off certain features, like 4G, that may not be easily accessible from your phone’s notification bar or settings. So, having easy access to things like that can save you some battery when you need it.

They let you use multiple apps at a time:

The iPhone does not allow you to use multiple apps at one time without closing the other app. This problem can be solved by installing widgets on your Home Screen. Widgets may not be full apps, but if you want to see notes, emails, your calendar, and a custom remote control all on one screen, widgets are the way to do it. This can save you a lot of time and help you increase your productivity.

They help you prioritize what’s important

With the help of the widgets feature, you have all your priorities on your Home Screen, where you can have a look at everything in one glance. Take a to-do list for example. It has been proven that to-do lists are not effective if you need to open them up every time you need to look at something or tick something off your list. The widgets get rid of this problem. This way you won’t miss anything important and can keep your priorities in check.

To Add Widgets To Your Home Screen:

  • On your Home Screen, touch and hold any app until all the apps on your screen begin to jingle.
  • At the top left corner, you will find a grey Add button, click on it.
  • Once you do that, a new page for the widgets will open up. You can now choose any of the widgets available or look for other widgets in the search bar.
  • After selecting the widget you want, you can choose from the three available widget sizes and then tap Add Widget.
  • Tap Done. It’s that simple and easy!

Important note: 

  • In order to add a widget of the app, you need to first have the app downloaded on your phone from the app store. 
  • Alternatively, you can also add widgets from Today View. From Today View, touch and hold a widget until the quick actions menu opens, then tap Edit Home Screen. Drag the widget to the right edge of the screen until it appears on the Home Screen, then tap Done.

Widgets To Add To Your Home Screen To Increase Your Productivity and Keep You Motivated


Headspace is a meditation and wellness app that is widely loved by people all across the world. If you’re new to the world of meditation, then this is the perfect app for you. The Headspace widget adjusts throughout the day and shows different activities and exercises that are relevant to your daily life. From morning meditation to sleepcasts, it’s got you covered the entire day. Since one of the keys to staying productive is being healthy, a routine of mindfulness can help.


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This is a daily motivational app. The widget displays various motivational quotes throughout the day. Whether you’re happy, anxious, worried, or sad, the app has a motivational quote for you. That is the only use of this app widget. It is a simple app, that does what it says. You can also use the app to set positive reminders for yourself throughout the week.

Sticky Widget

This is a multipurpose widget that you can use however you please. It is basically a sticky note that sits on your Home Screen holding whatever information you’d like. The widget sits on your Home Screen, and when you tap on it, it opens the app to allow you to type a simple note. When you close the app, the widget updates with whatever you wrote. You can also control things like the font or color, but the overall simplicity is what makes it a part of this list. You can use this to wither list down important tasks or leave yourselves little notes of motivation to keep you going throughout the day.

Productive –  Habit Tracker

Productive is a simple habit tracking app, that is free in the App store. This widget can be used to build a positive daily routine and welcome a healthy lifestyle. Here, you can set personal goals and track your progress throughout the week or month. It is easy to use. You can also customize it. This can help you stay motivated and achieve new productive heights. 

With the buzz around the widgets, it seems clear that adding the widgets in iOS 14 is the hottest new thing Apple has done in a long time. For the past month, the top free app in the App store has been Widgetsmith. An app that allows users to create and add customized widgets to their home screens after it went viral on social media. You can either use Widgetsmith to create your own widgets or you can just easily install one of the widgets we’ve listed above. 

However, this isn’t necessarily a new trend. People have long personalized their computers with desktop wallpapers and custom icons, added stickers on the back of the lid, and bought colorful cases for their iPhones. The reason is quite simple: People like fun. Plus, what’s not to like when you stay motivated, productive, and on top of your game, all while making your phone look aesthetic and organized!

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Bhanu Shree is a seasoned psychologist with over five years of specialized experience in child and adolescent psychology, particularly in addressing learning difficulties and ADHD. A respected mentor in mental health, she offers transformative guidance to adolescents facing various psychological challenges. Beyond her clinical expertise, Shree is an acclaimed author, contributing insightful perspectives on addiction and youth mental health issues. Her work is widely recognized for treatment in the mental health field.