Phones have a bad rep these days. People like to say that they stop us from getting things done and being productive. While I can understand where they’re coming from I have found a few little ways that your phone can help you become more productive.
Delete or limit time-wasting apps
We all have those apps on our phones that are just time suckers. We go on them for a five-minute break and then four hours later our thumbs are sore and our neck is cricked. My biggest tips would be to just delete these or add a time limit on them. Candy Crush? Don’t need it. Pinterest? Put a time limit on it. I will go on Pinterest for a bit and when I come off it so much time has passed and practically all of my life is planned on boards. I’ve had to put a time limit on my apps so that I can still spend time on the app while not wasting a day on it.
Plan on your phone
While I love my paper planners, I don’t always carry them around with me so when I need to put something in them this can be a problem. One thing I do constantly have on my person, however, is my phone. Google Calendar is THE best calendar app that I’ve ever used because of how easy it is to navigate. Of course, you can use whatever calendar app you like but definitely use one that’s simple. Get into the groove of planning things on your phone and maybe even add your calendar to your widget section so that you can always see what’s coming up next. My calendar has everything on it such as blog posts going up, uni assignments, personal appointments etc. I don’t know how I’d survive without it.
Keep it tidy
A tidy space equals a tidy mind, right? Keeping your phone tidy will mean that it’s easier to use. Every month I go through and delete apps that I haven’t used, photos that I no longer need or messages that I no longer need to keep. I love a little phone declutter because then I know that my phone will run smoothly. Also, when I’m on my phone and it feels messy with apps out of folders etc it’s not a positive experience. I will have a future post on decluttering your phone so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Turn off notifications
I won’t talk too much about this because I have a whole post about it on my blog. What I will say though is that turning off my notifications is one of the best things that I’ve done for my productivity and also personal growth. I still interact and engage on my apps but I’m not totally consumed by what’s going on on Twitter.
Have a inspiring wallpaper
The first thing you look at when you go on your phone is your wallpaper. I like to change my wallpapers monthly so they fit the vibe I’m going for in the month. Whether it’s a little mood board, a motivational quote or a photo of something you’d like to achieve. I find that doing this reminds me many times during the day what I’m working for and it’s super encouraging. Pinterest has a really good selection of different wallpapers to use!
Store important information on your phone
Again, you can use whatever apps you like but my favourite is Google Keep. I put everything on my Google Keep from ideas for blog posts to the names of my future children. It is my digital brain dump. MuchelleB introduced me to this app in one of her videos and ever since then, I’ve been hooked.
♡ How does your phone help you be productive?
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Rohn.
Until next time,