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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper comes from the 2015 archives! There was a road trip to Big Sur and this was one of the hundred of images that filled my memory card. 

A quick Google image search with Big Sur provides images with the bluest waters. They're actually very accurate. As beautiful as it looked, I'm big on wallpapers not taking from productivity/functionality. After the initial Lightroom editing, I imported it to Photoshop where a couple of layers later I had my ideal wallpaper; simple with some oomph.

Hope you all enjoy! 

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

 

 

 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper comes from a pine tree in my parents yard. They don't particularly care for it's maintenance but it creates a shaded area, lets just enough sunshine through and it's not hard on the eyes. At this point they've made their peace with it. It's truly a beauty!

I pointed my camera towards the sunlight peeking thought the branches. It gave the image the perfect balance of light and shadows. I imported the image to Lightroom and added a film preset. I transferred to my iPad Pro where I applied one of the 'Guest' formulas in Mextures. 

I hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Yes, Reminders Can Be a Task Manager for Power Users

With so much going on in life, whether it be related to work, family or running the TEKSide Network, I have to stay organized. And until recently, I have always used a very powerful task management solution to manage all the things I need to stay on top of. That all changed for me when I made the decision recently to go native wherever it was feasible. 

A couple weeks ago, I did a blog post on my conversion to the native email application on iOS. I explored and learned how to make use of all the available features of Apple’s robust mobile operating system and was able to find a way to get all the features I like in the 3rd party clients and find easy workarounds for getting those same tweaks and features in the iOS Mail app. 

I decided to take that same approach to task management. Can the Reminders app be the powerhouse task management application I need it to be? Yes. It can. With a little help from iOS Notes, Reminders can be a complete solution for managing all your tasks and projects. 

When I think of productivity. I think of these 3 steps. 

  1. Capture
  2. Process
  3. Do

Capture:

So I am taking that same approach to using Reminders. I created a list called “Inbox”. This is where all task creation starts. Getting tasks into this list is easy. I set “Inbox” up as the default Reminders list. So whether I enter a task through the keyboard or through Siri, adding todos is a breeze. Creating quick check lists from the clipboard is also easy. Copy any amount of text and wherever there is a line break, a new task will be created. This is very intuitive. See the screenshots below for a better idea. 

Process:

Twice a day, I process my Inbox. I go through each task and assign the alerts via time and/or location and set the occurrence and the priorities. Here are a couple notes on occurrence and priorities. In regard to setting up repeating events, Reminders is more robust than any other client I have used. I like how delaying a task to another day, delays only the current task and not all other future repeated tasks. That’s not the case with some of the other task managers I have used. If you want to change the due time for all repeated tasks, that can be done by going into the task settings and making the change. In regard to priorities, I use this method for how I choose to mark the priority of a task:

  • ! (things I want to do)
  • !! (things I need to do)
  • !!! (things other people need me to do)

This system has worked for me for a very long time and it takes the thinking out of the task creation process. 

If a task can make use of the app link shortcuts, whether they be links to contacts, notes, emails or web pages, I simply reformat the task starting with the reminder and then rebuild the task with the shortcut in place. Once you have your shortcut, rename the task, assign it to a list and fill in the details. (One note: I found that you should move the task to it’s appropriate list first, and then pull the list up, find your task and edit it there. There is a bug in Reminders that forgets task details if you move it to another list.)

One other thing, the use of location alerts inside the Reminders app is so easy to use and because it uses built-in map data to fetch locations, set up is extremely efficient. 

Do:

Reminders also makes task completion a breeze. Simply go the “Scheduled” view in Reminders and all your due tasks will reside there and be grouped by the day they are due. This is my default view for taking action. Notifications also play a role in making Reminders a complete task management solution. With notification actions, you have options to snooze for an hour, a day or complete all without even going into the app. 

The one thing that sets apart Reminders from their more power-user friendly 3rd party counterparts, is in regard to handling multi-task projects. This can be achieved in Reminders in a couple of ways. The first of which is the easiest to do. Just turn each unique project into it’s own Reminders list. Each task within the list will be able to have it’s own unique due date and priority level. The other way (which is the path I have chosen), is to make each project a single task and use an app shortcut to link the task to a particular note that has all the related tasks in a note in the form of a checklist. I prefer this method because it helps keep my Reminders database cleaner. 

 

Summary:

I use Reminders because it is built into the OS. It’s quick, reliable, and it’s now available everywhere I am whether it be on my wrist, in my pocket, at my desk or even in my truck via CarPlay. The “Up Next” widget is iOS 10 is another bonus as it takes your calendar and reminders into consideration and provides you a convenient chronological overview of your next event or task. I used Omnifocus for years and spent the first 9 months of this year using 2Do. These are wonderful applications and are worth every penny. But in my quest to eliminate to unnecessary, Reminders and iOS 10 came just at the right time and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this has all worked out. 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I was cleaning up my iPhone Homescreen and wanted a new wallpaper. I looked through websites I often visit but wanted something other than a simple gradient. Yes, this was serious business. A couple of days after I came up with a pattern with watercolor brushes in Photoshop. Layers of various colors and grain later ... your weekly wallpaper. 

It's still simple enough that it doesn't take attention or obstruct on your main screen. Hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

The last week in August was hard for me. Without bumming you guys out too much, one of my rescued kittens' health turned from bad to worst within days and the unthinkable had to be done. I posted a detailed blog post, if you're interested.  

Now, in this kittens name and memory, Mini roses were planted. The tree has almost tripled in size and I can't stop photographing it. Seriously, if my camera roll could talk. I took my actual camera with me the last few times and this is one of the pictures captured. 

I'm sure it's become very apparent that I like my flowers in darker edits. This time, however, I went with a dark edit to mask some of the bokeh on the right side. It was distracting and stealing spotlight because the rose is so small. I edited the basics in Lightroom and finished with Mextures on iPad. 

As mentioned in previous posts, I will be sharing the Mextures formula on those posts where Mextures was used

Mextures Formula: KEDHCBK

I hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Every Sunday a family brunch takes place at my parents. One of these Sundays, a couple of members were running late and I took it as an opportunity to take some pictures of my parents garden and this toy Volkswagen Beetle of Dad's.

The original picture had a perfect balance of shadows and light, because of this the only edit was  a preset (filter) in Lightroom.

Enjoy.

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

iPhone 7 Plus Tidbits

I finally got my iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black (#iPhonesexy haha) last week. I have a lot of stuff going on right now and have not had too much time to play with the new toy. I'm just going to talk about a few things with the device.

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week, Jerry Goldbaum (iOS Docked Podcast), provided a picture for us. It's taken in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska onboard the NCL Pearl. A beautiful shot he took with his iPhone 6s! 

I imported it to Lightroom where I edited the basics: color, brightness, saturation. Sharpened it and transferred it to Photoshop where I added a couple of layers to add depth to the mountains. Huge thanks to Jerry and hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6s & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6s & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Last weekend, I took a little afternoon trip to the beach. This time I had my DSLR and was able to capture the sunset in all it's glory. There will be a couple of more wallpapers in the future from these pictures (I'm sure) but for now; this week's. A couple of men walked in front of me and their footprints ended up, perfectly, marking their path. 

After sizing and editing in Lightroom, I transferred to Photoshop to add a couple of layers to hide the bright sun behind the prints. This way everything in our screens remains legible.

Hope you enjoy.  

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

How to "Snooze" Email Using the iOS Mail App

I have not used the native iOS Mail app in a loooong time. Ever since the release of Mailbox, I have been an email client nerd in search of the client with the best look and the most bells and whistles. Let’s be honest, Mail in iOS is not the client of a power user. I have bounced around from the aforementioned Mailbox, to Spark, to Airmail, to Spark, to Airmail to Spark and back and forth as each app boasts some new feature that’s going to revolutionize mail on iOS. 

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I've made it no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with flowers. Flower pictures are a dime a dozen in my Dropbox and camera roll at this point. I'm in the process of cleaning up my Dropbox and deleting many images: ones that are similar or repetitive. This picture is one of them. It's a photo of a couple of pink daisies but I really liked the two darker ones so I played around in Photoshop with it. This is the result of twenty versions. Enjoy!

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6 PLUS

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & IPHONE 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & IPHONE 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper mimics the dark mood of last week's. Like last week's, this picture was shot in a garden: my fathers. It's not the first time I have used his garden for wallpaper purposes and it won't be the last! I try to give them all different edits though. I played around with it for a couple of hours in Photoshop and Lightroom to make it dark but also make the single flower pop! It's truly a beautiful shade of apricot and I wanted to keep it that way. 

I hope you all enjoy. 

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Last Saturday, the family took a trip to The Huntington. It's acres of botanical gardens along with a library that houses a research library (rare books, photos, maps) and art collections. I've had the pleasure of visiting a couple of times but this visit was for my Dad's birthday. Since he and his garden are the reason for my flower obsession (the man has the greenest of thumbs), the acres of beautiful sights made for a perfect place to unwind and celebrate. 

This picture was one I took as I was leaving. It's a simple wall of green leaves but with a couple of edits I was able to make it a little more special. Originally, the image had a lot more sunlight. In Lightroom, I gave it a darker edit, something where the leaves wouldn't obstruct any of the banner items or clock. Next was Photoshop, where I added a layer of a teal gradient and just tweaked that until I was happy. I've noticed i take this just-mix-in-everything-until-you-like approach for most edits. But it works!

 Hope you all enjoy. 

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

It's no secret I have a thing for Mextures. One of my favorite things is (within the app or via the websitethe news section. The 'features' and 'edits' posts offer tons of inspiration for those who are overwhelmed with all the possibilities, and most features include shared formulas! Taking from that idea, I will be sharing my formula code (which you import to the app, screenshots and instructions attached below) of the weeks edit. If Mextures was used on any one wallpaper, from here on out, the post will include the formula code for fellow users. 

Now this week's wallpaper makes it seem like it was taken on some beach somewhere. It's not, sadly. It's a close up of landscape rocks that surround my backyard. I was out there with my dogs and a succulent got my attention, I went inside for my camera, as I kneeled to take a picture of mentioned succulent the rocks caught my attention. I adjusted the colors and resized it in photoshop and imported to Mextures. 

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

Importing Formula Codes:

Open the Mextures app.  Click on the bottom icon that says manage. The next screen will show you all your formulas. Here click on that red add symbol. Then just enter the code. An image will pop up (in this case, this weeks wallpaper), and just confirm. Easy enough, yes?

Code: FFTPZAD

 

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is provided for us by Booth on Twitter. He generously provided a picture of his that he thought would make a nice wallpaper (he was right!). Once I downloaded the full size image, I brightened and sharpened in Lightroom. I later uploaded to Mextures and generated three different edits, our gracious (wallpaper) provider chose this one.It happened to be my favorite, as well. Thank you, Booth!

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Yesterday I took an impromptu trip to the beach. The times I do this always end up being in the afternoons when I'm free but, also, when I know it will be at it's prettiest. Beach sunsets can be observed every single day and they'll never be the same nor boring. I remembered my DSLR this time and it was very worth it! I actually toned down some of the purples on Lightroom only to end up adding some purple layers in Mextures app (BFF).  Don't know why, It just looked better. Hope you just enjoy!

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Last week I found myself on a last minute beach sunset watch. I was running some errands close by and the sky was just asking to be photographed. As soon as I put my feet in the sand I see this, beautiful, perfect shell. Of course, I found my iPhone and took two pictures before I headed on. This is the winner of those two.  It was a couple of minutes before it got dark, naturally, the picture was dark and cold. I went along with that theme in Lightroom and Mextures. I hope you all enjoy! 

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & IPHONE 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & IPHONE 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is the result of random clicking in Photoshop. I originally wanted to tone down the suns reflection on a swimming pool picture. I became a tiny bit irritated at my lack of progress and just tried all the tools. Surprisingly, the invert option made it kind of cool looking. First thing that came to mind was DNA but that could've been a result of binge watching Grey's Anatomy whilst. Maybe. My first edit had a lot of red and I do not get along with that color. Added a couple gradients here and there and we got pink. Better. Much better. For the last bit of editing, I uploaded the image to my right hand app: Mextures. Here's the result, hope you all enjoy. 

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper is something very simple and something I stick to often: flowers. I went through hours of edits because this daisy is really bright pink and it wasn't blending well with the items of a Lockscreen. Okay, as well as I want it to. It was processed through Lightroom, Photoshop, Mexture app and through Lightroom once more. A lot of little adjustments here and there but she's still pretty without obstructing your screens. I hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 & 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Two weeks ago I made a trip to the beach and took a lot of pictures. I had one edited and set out for this week but... something different came about last minute. I was on my way to Petco when I felt a shadow above me. I look up and see dozens of birds. I only had my iPhone (6s) on me, so I snapped away. - Also, three things came to mind: 1) close your mouth. 2) "Say I'm a bird!" 3) Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. - I wasn't really happy with any of the pictures but I had things to do and so did the birds, apparently. Once processed through Lightroom, I edited through the Mextures app. I liked it so much I ended up nixing the water picture for it. Until next week, beach. So here it is for your enjoyment. 

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 & IPHONE 6S

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS & 6S PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here