It is truly amazing how far technology has come in the last 10 years. The first iPhone was released just over 10 years ago. I can’t really remember a time before it – I mean can you live without connecting to the internet on your phone!
Technology is definitely improving the quality of our lives, but there is a cost. When was the last time you went out for dinner and lunch and did not take your phone out? How long have you gone without your phone? Would your life be ruined if you left your phone at home? These are questions we should be asking ourselves. It appears that our phone is controlling us versus the other way around. So how do we win the battle before it’s too late.
After changing to the new iPhone I changed how I was using my phone. I decided that I would change my notification settings, use airplane mode more and also apps for productivity.
This is what marketing teams want you to turn on. Those push notifications keep you engaged with their app and content. As human beings we are curious, and when we get a new message on Whatsapp or a new Email we want to answer it straight away. So do me a favour turn all notifications off! If its urgent someone can always call you. Turning off notifications is the most useful, when you are already on your phone reading or doing another task. Those notifications divert your attention (those marketing guys!), and unless you are Superman / Superwomen can you really multitask and give both tasks 100%. Remember you can always check your emails at a time that suits you and not when there is a notification.
- Airplane mode
Well this can be useful, but occasionally not practical. Turning your phone on airplane mode helps you from getting distracted even if it’s on silent. It stops you from having that quick peek! Only downside sometimes is you are not connected to the internet. However, you are likely turning your phone on airplane mode as you are doing something else so that shouldn’t be a downside. If you listen to music just download it or on Spotify you can listen to it without an internet connection. Spending large chunks of time away from your devices to focus on specific tasks can do you wonders.
- Apps for productivity
If you have got this far you may think your old Nokia or simple phone is the way to go. I am not arguing that point out all. All I have been trying to push is – do not let your phone take over your life. With regards to apps that can improve your productivity I use a few. My favourite one that I will like to touch upon is Trello. The reason I like Trello is that it is not only an app, but an accompanying website. It allows you to create many different boards. I am a visual person and prefer this style vs. a vertical list. Within each board you can set sub tasks, deadlines and also add colleagues. The app on the phone is just as robust and user friendly. I keep my weekly task sheet on their now (also still physically write it out as well) and it is very practical. Your native calendar app is also very good. I use it even for small tasks like going to the gym. Your time is your most valuable asset so spend it wisely. Having some structure allows you to achieve more in less time.
Congratulations! You reached the end of the article. Hopefully, without any distractions and I hope these three points will make it easier for you to takeover from your phone as opposed to the other way around.