How to Improve Your Productivity with Your Smartphone

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How to Improve Your Productivity with Your Smartphone

Are you tired of downloading app after app on your smart phone without seeing a change in your productivity levels?

Do you want to be able to get more things done when you pick up your cell phone?

While smart phone productivity apps are great tools, there is something to be said about properly maintaining your device as well as using built-in features.

In this post, I offer several ways you can boost your productivity while using your phone…all without downloading a single app.

 

Organize your apps.

If you haven’t yet organized the apps on your smart phone, you may want to give it a try.

An organized system makes finding and using apps oh-so easy.

One good place to start is to organize your most frequently used apps so that they appear on your phone’s home screen.

You can follow with less frequently used apps on subsequent screens.

If you’re so inclined, you could organize similar apps by use, such as social media, productivity, and game apps.

Use voice commands and dictation.

Are you taking full advantage of the voice activated features on your phone? Depending on your smart phone’s features, you may be able to schedule appointments and send text messages simply by speaking into your device. You could also use the dictation feature to dictate emails, draft blog posts, brainstorm ideas, takes notes, and more. These features can be especially handy if you’re not the fastest typist.

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. Why waste precious time (and storage space) constantly searching through these items? Take a couple of minutes to review the entire collection of apps on your phone. Which apps should stay, and which should be deleted? Besides deleting apps from your phone, you may also want to make sure you delete corresponding apps on your computer or other backup device.

Use headphones.

Headphones as a productivity tool? You bet! When the noise levels in your immediate environment become too much to bear, or when you want to have your hands free while you work, headphones can be a lifesaver. Plug in your favorite pair of ear buds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts during your mass-transit commute, drown out ambient noise, or to have a hands-free phone conversation.

Disable status updates.

While status updates and alerts can be helpful, they can be distracting if you’re trying to get your 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 update.

Set a timer or alert.

Do you lose track of time when you check your email, log into Facebook, or send text after text to a friend? Stay on schedule by using the timer feature on your phone. All you have to do is set the timer for as long as you need. You may even want to set several timers or alerts if you like multiple reminders. When the timer goes off, it’s time to stop what you’re doing.

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. Depending on your device and the particular apps you’re using, you may still be able to review your calendar, read a downloaded eBook, or listen to music. So, if you’re tired of constantly being interrupted as you work or go about your day, temporarily disable your internet and/or phone connections.

Conduct regular system updates.

Is your phone constantly crashing, acting a bit buggy, or is otherwise causing you grief? If so, you’re probably spending a lot time during the day trying to set things right. Keep your smart phone in tip-top shape by regularly updating to the latest app and system updates. To prevent potential data loss, back up your device before updating.

How about you? Which productivity tip or tips do you think will be the most help to you when you use your smart phone? Do you have any other tips or ideas that you’d like to share? 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, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.