It’s easy for our phones to suck us into a spiral of endless content, scrolling and dopamine hits. While there’s nothing wrong with using our phones as entertainment, we can also use them to enhance our productivity. Keep reading to learn how to set up your phone as a powerful productivity tool.
Clean Up Digital Clutter
There’s an app for nearly everything, but you might not really need an app for everything. Start by deleting or offloading unused apps. To take your digital decluttering one step further, unfollow social media accounts that are irrelevant to you or make you feel bad.
Use "Do Not Disturb"
You can turn on “Do Not Disturb” to mute all notifications or allow only certain contacts. For example, during work hours, you might set your phone to allow only notifications from work contacts. If you need to deeply focus, you might turn off notifications altogether.
Try Your Phone's Black and White Mode
One tip for making your phone less distracting is to turn on black and white mode. This setting allows you to remove the colors from your phone’s display to make social media and other apps less stimulating, helping you spend less time using them.
Sync Apps Across Your Devices
Syncing your apps across your phone, laptop or tablet can help you streamline your workflow. For example, you could sync your notes app so you can easily retrieve your notes from whichever device you’re using.
Listen to a Productive Playlist
Another way to improve your productivity is to turn on a playlist that helps you focus. Many people enjoy ambient music as well as white, pink or brown noise. You might also try focus-boosting frequencies or other sounds—just type “focus” into your music streaming service’s search bar and experiment with different types of audio.
Setting up automated tasks can help you spend less time scrolling on your phone. For example, if you’re a social media manager, you could enable social posts to automatically post across multiple social networks, cutting out the time you would spend posting on each individual platform. Consider automating tasks related to your job to free up time in your schedule and make your phone a productivity tool.