Does technology fuel your procrastination or productivity?
The truth is that it can do both. Technology causes you to procrastinate if you spend too much time browsing the internet, checking emails or refreshing social media. However, it can also be used to automate simple tasks that’ll save you time and energy. You can also make certain tasks much easier, which will increase your productivity.
Technology is your productivity’s best friend. Here are seven technology tips for productivity.
1. Block Social Media
Technology provides one of the greatest distractions – social media. Studies show that you lose 23 minutes of productivity every time you check email, social media or get a notification. Luckily, it also provides ways to block certain websites. There are certain apps and software, like Freedom, that block distracting websites. Freedom lets you decide when to block certain websites that you find yourself wasting time on. This allows you to focus on your work and become more productive.
2. Prioritize Tasks
To-do lists are key tools for productivity. You have to be able to prioritize your tasks for your to-do list to be effective. Any.do is an app that lets you create to-do lists, prioritize tasks and share tasks with co-workers. All of your tasks and their importance will be organized in one efficient app. You no longer have to use pen and paper!
3. Manage Your Passwords
Are you tired of wasting time looking for your list of passwords? You can access all your passwords with a click of a button. LastPass is software that saves all your passwords. Once you’re in the software, you simply click on the website you want and LastPass will log you in. This lets you create multiple passwords for better security, and you can save time looking for your passwords.
4. Custom Playlist
The right playlist of music can make you more productive. Focus@Will is an app that will produce this playlist for you. Focus@Will gives you music that gets you into a flow of concentration and keeps you there. Each song it chooses works a different part of your brain to give you the right balance of productivity. The music won’t distract and will make sure you work hard.
5. Better Sleep
Deep sleep will increase your productivity. When you sleep well, your brain moves short-term memories into long-term storage. This process frees up your mind for the next workday. You can use a white noise machine to fall asleep easier at night. How you wake up is also an important part of productivity. Use wake-up lights to naturally wake up. The light will gradually get brighter and simulate sunlight, and you’ll be more relaxed when you wake up.
6. Mobile Productivity
Do you catch yourself staring at your phone at work? Nothing halts your productivity more
than mobile notifications. When you’re at work you should turn off your phone, turn off notifications or turn on airplane mode. However, you can use your phone to boost productivity. Workflow is an app where you can create your custom workflow and the app automates your actions. You can have it do almost anything on your phone as it integrates with most of your apps.
7. Email Organization
Email is a productivity killer that we deal with every day. You can get lost reading and replying to emails. It’s important to organize your emails so only important messages are in your inbox. EveryCloud is software that filters spam and lets you archive important emails for up to 30 years. You can block 99.99% of spam, threats, and newsletters. You’ll only get a notification if the email is absolutely important. You can also save emails that you might want to go back to in the future. Organizing your emails is the first step to becoming productive.
Technology Boosts Productivity
Technology shouldn’t slow down your productivity. Start to utilize technology in a way that makes you more productive.
Do you have any tips or apps that you use to stay productive with technology? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!
About the Author:
Megan Nichols is the editor of Schooled by Science. She enjoys writing about the latest innovations in technology and science.
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