Productivity is becoming an increasingly more important aspect of 21st century life. As shift times increase, and the world comes closer together thanks to the internet, “work” is no longer a 9 to 5 deal – there is the potential to be “on the job” 24/7. Conversely, the amount of things we have to distract us is advancing by the day.
So how do you stay productive? Well, you need to take the technology sent to distract us, and turn it into a force for good. The very things that are ruining your output speed could be the very things you need to turn it all around. Here is how to put your devices to better use.
Step one: take out the lead offender. Smartphones represent the work vs. distraction problem perfectly. We need them to stay in touch, but they have so many ways to distract you, from social media to app games.
Luckily, there are a multitude of apps designed to help the balance. There are plenty of productivity apps available on the App Store, from ones designed to help you with work, to ones designed to hinder your bad habits, either through outright blocking certain apps during work hours, or rewarding you for staying off them.
Laptops and PCs
Most jobs in 2015 will involve a computer at some point. It’s an inevitable part of modern living. But they represent an identical problem to smartphones – the ultimate work machine, coupled with the world’s most powerful distraction device, the internet. How do you divorce the two?
Well similar apps that ban certain websites are available, but there is a less drastic method. If you can afford to have to PCs/laptops (a “work” one and a “play” one), great. If not, create two separate logins. One should be tailor made to help you work, with no games or media devices installed, thus removing a lot of distractions. You will have to use your own willpower to not stray on the internet, but if you can do that, you’re productivity should soar.
A relatively new tool, smart watches seem like a gadget, but they could be a very powerful tool if used correctly. They essentially put some much needed distance between you and your phone. You can check texts, phone calls and emails on there, without having to open your phone. This way, you aren’t tempted to wander on to the other, less useful apps.
Seems ludicrous, but there are some games that are made specifically to help increase brain output. The Nintendo DS and 3DS ranges are particularly full of games like this. Obviously, playing on them too much is counter-productive, but a quick burst here and there every day can actually help keep you on your toes, which will lead to increased levels of productivity down the line.
As we said before, all of these tips require willpower for them to work. But stick at it, and as your productivity increases, you may find your free time increases as well, which will mean MORE time for recreational activities! That’s a win-win!