In this day and age, virtually everything can be done from the convenience of a smartphone.
From sending emails to paying bills, this little gadget can be a one-stop-shop for all sorts of productivity.
Although the potential is there, these cellphones have a tendency to be more of a distraction than anything else.
If you’re among the millions of Americans who currently own a smartphone of some sort, then I’m here to give you some advice on how to configure it to work for you, not against you.
iPhone, Android, Google Pixel… these are just a few of the more popular “phones” on the market right now.
But making phone calls is probably the least impressive and underused feature they come programmed with.
Each of these devices allow you to surf the web, check email and post pictures or videos on social media platforms from just about anywhere in the world that has cell service.
Did you know that the average American checks their phone once every 12 minutes?
That’s about 80 times a day!
Because of the ease-of-use, people tend to submerge themselves in their phone screen the first chance they get.
With catchy ringtones, colorful lights and vibrations going off every time you receive a notification, it’s hard not to drop what you’re doing and direct your attention to your phone.
Just so we’re clear, my goal isn’t for you to purposefully ignore every message or phone call you have coming your way, but more times than not, the majority of these alerts don’t have to be handled immediately.
Allowing your smartphone to break your concentration and pull you away from a specific task that you’ve set out to accomplish is inefficient. If you’re serious about unlocking your secret and bettering yourself, then I suggest taking control of your phone.
Don’t settle for receiving a constant stream of notifications throughout the day. Enable Do Not Disturb mode or open up your notification settings and toggle alerts to off from the app alerts you could do without.
The idea is to check your phone on your own time so it doesn’t interrupt what you’re trying to focus on.
It’s simple. Removing this type of clutter from your mind allows you to concentrate on more productive activities.
Rather than being bombarded by notifications from your phone and handling them one by one, you can steer your train of thought elsewhere.
There are plenty of things that are far more productive than scrolling through your Facebook feed.
The important thing to remember is that keeping busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. Focus on efficiency instead.
Prioritize your tasks without letting your smartphone interfere.
After the task at hand is complete, simply come back to what you may have missed at a time that’s convenient for you.
There’s no reason to obsessively look at your screen 80 times a day!
Chances are, you don’t even realize you’re doing it. Either way, I guarantee you’ll see a noticeable change in your overall productivity just by checking these alerts after the fact.
As you know, improving upon yourself goes beyond eliminating distractions from your phone.
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