Mobile phones without any doubt can be called one of the greatest inventions ever. They have become an inevitable part of our lives. However, most of the time we waste our time on them instead of using them to our advantage. Sure, you use them to your advantage when you have to kill boredom by playing games and scrolling through social media. But there is more to a mobile phone than that. It is the ultimate productivity powerhouse. But then again, that is only if you use it the right way!
Here are 5 easy ways you can boost your productivity through your phone:
Use the search bar
Many of us waste our time looking for particular apps that get lost on the home screen. Sometimes they are even right in front of us but we keep scrolling left to right to look for a calculator. The result of which is a lot of time waste and even distraction at times. Let’s be honest, we have all been there: Opening our phones to use the calculator and ending up scrolling on social media and liking pictures for an hour. However, there’s a very simple solution to this problem; The search bar! You can pull down the search bar from the top of the home screen and search for the app you are looking for. This a simple productivity hack and a total time saver!
Listen to your Phone instead of Reading
Have to get to a meeting and also read an important email? Don’t worry if you don’t have time and are thinking of compromising on one of the tasks because this hack is all you need in your busy routine to multitask. You can do both things by letting your iPhone read out the screen aloud. Open your settings and go to General, accessibility, and then speech where you can turn on the speak screen option. Once you’ve changed your setting you can get your iPhone to read you that email aloud while driving!
Schedule your tasks
You can use various apps to schedule your tasks or you can simply list them in the notes app. Moreover, if you have time management problems you can download apps that use strategies to break your day into 25- minute chunks using the Pomodoro Technique.
Do you struggle to concentrate on your work because of your phone? If so, here’s a simple solution for you; DND. Short form for Do Not Disturb mode. Oftentimes, people use this mode at night when sleeping but you can use it during the day too, especially if you are working on something and you get distracted easily.
Listen to Podcasts
Listening to podcasts is one of the most common habits of successful people. However, many people do not have time to do so. If you are one of these people, you might need to think again. Why not listen to a podcast while washing the dishes? Or simply skip a day of listening to music and switch to podcasts? Not only is this a great multitasking hack, listening to podcasts daily increases your knowledge, productivity, and personal growth!
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Andrea Parker is a reporter for Zobuz. She previously worked at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Andrea is based in NYC and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe coffee addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.