Avoiding Smart Phone Distractions So You Can Be More Productive

Are you becoming addicted to your mobile devices? It happens to the best of us. It’s not surprising, considering there’s the fear of missing out (FOMO) and an overwhelming wealth of content to consume. Unfortunately, being constantly preoccupied with your smart phone or tablet can be seriously intrusive in our lives. That’s why it’s important to control these habits and use our phones as assistive devices instead of disruptive ones.

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Eliminate the Constant Interruptions

Endless notifications can destroy your productivity. Often, they make you feel compelled to instantly read and reply to them. That also means frequently staring at your phone. Turn off notifications for things that aren’t super important and decide on a set time to check your email daily.

When sleeping or occupied, set your device to Do Not Disturb mode.

Avoid Overloading on Apps

There are millions of apps out there, and many phones come pre-loaded with them, too. Many are completely unnecessary. Not to mention, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when you have too many apps. Every so often, you should go through and remove apps you don’t use frequently and don’t need. (Don’t worry, they aren’t gone forever. You can always re-download them if you need them again.)

It can also help to organize apps on your home screen for easy access to the ones you use most.

Utilize Your Phone’s Built-In Features

Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, your smart phone likely has a built-in assistant. Use Google assistant or Siri to help with simple tasks that can be easily automated. Many newer phones also have built-in security features as well. This can make remembering passwords a thing of the past.

Use Dictation to Send Quick Replies

Typing out text messages and emails on your device can be incredibly tedious. Dictation, however, is game changing. Instead of fiddling with the tiny keyboard, you can simply speak to your phone.

Here are some quick tips for using dictation efficiently:

Think about what you intend to say before you begin dictating so you won’t require as many pauses. Also, remember to speak slowly and clearly so the device can recognize what you’re saying. Unusual names may require you to spell them out, and you may also need to speak your punctuation marks. Don’t forget to double check the transcription before you send it, that way you can edit any mistakes.