In this day and age, you can either make technology work for you or against you. I see people hooked to their smartphones every day, walking like zombies in a park. Unaware of what’s going on around them, just tuned to that messaging app or music matching toolkit. Others just let their smartphones distract their life in a miserable way. But I have also seen people use technology to their advantage. These people push away the junk and focus on the good. They use their handsets to do useful things such as brain training, task management, scheduling, etc. Indeed, if you think about it, there are more ways to make good use of smartphones than you can probably imagine. And below is my list of top 3 ways you can use your handset to increase productivity.
1. Manage Tasks
There’s no shortage of Android tools and apps that help you better manage tasks. Google Now is a useful companion that surfaces important notifications and info cards whenever you might need them. The inbuilt Android tool pulls information from history and usage archives to create a smooth experience for you. You might just want to say something along the lines of ‘Ok Google, remind me to…’ and your forgetfulness will be put into check. Another important tool that you can use to manage tasks is Google Keep. Every time I’m relaxing on the couch and a brilliant idea crosses my mind, I just open Keep and jot it down. If you ever lose your phone, everything you store on Keep will be available on the replacement device just provided you use the same Android account. And these two tools are just a tip of the ice-berg. There’s Evernote, TaskLabels, and Pocket, among many others. Based on how you want to go about bringing order to your tasks, you can hit Google Play and download just about any tool that you think might suffice.
2. Habit Bull
Old habits die hard. If you’re looking to escape from some of the things that you’ve been doing pathologically in the past, maybe your smartphone is all you need. Habit Bull is an Android App that helps you make your busy schedule more sustainable. You can track your progress and evaluate how far you have to go when it comes to forming good habits. You’re able to prioritize to-do lists on a daily basis, move items that are due to the top of the list, and accomplish a lot more. This app comes across the board as a creative contributor to increased productivity, especially in the workplace setting.
3. Get a Strategy
Using your smartphone to increase productivity is a highly individual matter. Sometimes, the best way to go about it is to think about how the handset is eating up into your time, coming up with a better plan. If you’re spending a lot of your time playing silly games, you probably are better off without them. Have it in mind that Facebook doesn’t own your smartphone. It only drains your battery and turns your time into junk. Get into a habit of checking emails about every hour. This way, you get information quicker and respond faster. Since typing on a smartphone is cumbersome, master the art of crafting brief responses to important emails. Not to forget, the camera is another important tool that you can use to increase productivity. If you find something important, just take a quick snap. Some task management apps such as Keep allow you to utilize the camera as an input tool. Again, your phone’s lock screen is best used as a to-do/reminder pad!
If you realize that you’re wasting a lot of time just checking random stuff on social media or playing not-so-adult games on your phone, it’s probably time to get things organized. These three tips will go a long way towards utilizing your device to boost every-day productivity.
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