8 Ways to Be More Productive on Your Smartphone Without Downloading a Single App

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Image of phrase, 8 Ways to Be More Productive on Your Smartphone Without Downloading a Single AppAre you tired of downloading app after app after app without seeing an uptick in your productivity?

Do you want to get more things done when you use your smart phone?

In this post I offer several ways you can boost your productivity while using your phone…without downloading any new apps!

Organize your apps.

Do some quick organizing and arrange your most frequently used apps so they appear first on your phone’s home screen. You could also organize similar apps by use, such as social media apps, productivity apps and game apps to make it easier to find things.

Make use of voice commands and dictate information.

Take full advantage of the voice activated features on your phone. You can schedule appointments and send text messages,  dictate emails, blog posts, ideas and so on. These features are especially handy if you’re not the fastest typist on your smartphone’s keyboard.

Delete apps you no longer need or use.

Chances are you’ve got at least a few apps on your phone that you haven’t touched in a few weeks or months. Take a couple of minutes to delete apps you no longer use or need. You’ll free up some much-needed space on your phone.

Use headphones.

Plug in your favorite pair of ear buds or headphones to listen to your favorite podcast during your mass-transit commute, have a hands-free phone conversation, or drown out ambient noise with your favorite music when you use your device.

Disable status updates.

While status updates and alerts can be helpful, they can also be distracting if you’re trying to get work done. You don’t have to have an alarm going off every time you receive a new email or when one of your friends comments on a post! Consider disabling alerts from some of your apps so you’re not jumping at every new bit of information that comes in.

Set a timer.

Do you lose track of time when you check your email, use Facebook, or when you’re texting a friend? Stay on schedule by setting a timer on your phone. When the timer goes off, it’s time to stop what you’re doing. Done and done!

Temporarily disable connectivity settings.

You don’t have to be connected to the internet or have phone service to make use of your smart phone. Of course, this all depends on the particular apps you use, but you may still be able to review your calendar, read a downloaded eBook and listen to music, for example. Disable your internet and/or phone connections as needed so you can settle in and focus on what you’re doing without any distractions.

Conduct regular system updates.

Is your phone crashing, acting a bit buggy, or otherwise giving you trouble? Keep your smart phone in tip-top shape by regularly updating your phone with the latest system updates. While you’re at it, you might want to see if any of your apps need to be updated as well.

How about you? Which productivity tip or tips do you think will be the most help to you when you use your smartphone?  Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.