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How I Use My iPad For Work

I use an iPad Pro as my main work horse.

The 2020 iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard & Apple Pencil

Using the iPad Pro for work has its pros and cons. Here’s a few of them:


  • It’s blazing fast and has iPhone level fluidity
  • The ability to use/not use the keyboard adds mobility and flexibility
  • Apple Pencil is a joy to use for sketching & notes


  • I’m two swipes away from any distracting app (like on the iPhone)
  • It’s too fun

Some Pro Tips

After many productivity pitfalls, I’ve developed some good pro-tips to make it harder to have fun on it:

  • Turn on Do Not Disturb
  • Put it on Silent Mode
  • Turn off notifications for specific apps (Twitter, Gmail, etc)
  • Move distracting apps away from the main home screen*

* Put them on the 3rd, 4th, 5th pages. More swiping = More work to get to them = Harder to mindlessly open them.

Extreme Mode

If you’re hardcore, you can use these tips in addition. I currently don’t use these settings on my iPad, but I used to use them on my iPhone**.

  • Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Reduce White Point > Toggle it on & set to 75% or higher
  • Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Color Filters > Toggle it on & choose grayscale

** Now, I just keep that sucker off for half the day.

Zen Mode

If extreme mode isn’t enough for ya (bless your soul) then you can try this ultimate solution. But I warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart.

  • Turn your iPad/iPhone off
  • Put it 1-2 closed doors away from you
  • Use pen and paper