Enhance Your Screen Time Productivity With These 4 Tips
Let’s be real here – in this day and age, we live and breathe with a screen. Our devices are constantly by our side, it’s hard to detach from this lifestyle.
In fact, for some of us, it would bring us more harm to part ways with our phones and laptops. As they are part of our livelihood with the current workplace spectrum. It’s amazing to think how one person can build a whole career with nothing but a smartphone!
Nevertheless, there are still ways to live a better life alongside our gadgets. Knowing these tips would help us in the long run for our health and lifestyle in general. Here are 4 tips to help enhance your screen time productivity. Trust me, our eyes and wrists will thank us later.
1. Marie Kondo Your Phone and Desktop
As they say, “a clear space equals to a clear mind”. Without a doubt, this includes our digital space as well. Take around 15 to 30 minutes to go through the applications, documents, images, and other files in your phone, tablet, or computer.
Then, sort them out thoroughly. Next, you can clear out the unnecessary bulk or applications that you barely ever open and transfer archives into an external hard drive. Only keep those that you will use on a day-to-day basis.
Most smartphones allow users to customize their home page. So display just a few applications that you truly need such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Calendar, Waze, Mail, and other necessary apps.
Keep all social media apps in a different folder or just remove them from the home screen. This little trick will force you to put in an extra bit of effort to open the app. Thus, make them FEEL less accessible when they are not in plain sight.
2. Allocate Daily Screen Time
Set a certain amount of time that is allowed to open any non-work-related applications and websites. This may seem like a no-brainer to some but it requires a lot of discipline to execute consistently.
If you work a 9 to 5, you can allocate 10 minutes in the morning before work, during lunch break, and maybe an extra hour or two later in the evening as a way to relax. You don’t need to eliminate them all unless that IS what you’re going for.
We all have our means to relax, get our minds off the stresses of our daily lives. So don’t beat yourself up for it. Instead, take it slow but stay consistent.
Another trick is to try the Pomodoro Technique where you break down work into intervals most commonly at around 25 minutes separated by a 5-minute break. It is extremely versatile and you can set your intervals depending on preference.
The objective is to make long hours seem less daunting. So the little chunks of break time can fit in a little swipe on Twitter on Instagram without being too strict.
Don’t forget to check out certain applications and plug-ins to help us out too! Website blockers such as Freedom and StayFocusd are great to lock us out of YouTube, Netflix, and other entertainment/social networking sites for a set period. They are available for smartphones and tablets as well.
3. The Internet is Your Oyster
The internet has garnered quite a bad reputation in the past couple of years. However, I believe credit should be given where it is due. With the advent of the World Wide Web, comes various websites that is now offering a multitude of ways to learn and gain information every day.
A podcast is a new yet highly popular platform for creators to share content in audio form. The best part is that they are very accessible. Spotify, Apple Podcast, Castro, and many more sites have an extended library of podcasts published by a wide range of content creators.
From celebrities sharing stories of their weirdest life experiences, a group of media professionals discussing current issues to unnamed podcasters teaching their native language or even English speakers in bite-sized 5-minute episodes – you can find it all in the form of podcasts.
There are also audiobooks for more listening pleasure which allows you to basically have someone (often with a very nice voice) read a book to you. You can find them on Librivox and even Spotify offers thousands of choices for free and if you’re willing to set aside a little extra. Moreover, you can also opt to subscribe on Audible which boasts the largest variety of audiobooks at a reasonable budget.
Finally, we have online learning websites where you can learn new skills from professionals without breaking the bank. Masterclass has a star-studded list of celebrities and A-listers teaching their expertise to subscribers – setting the benchmark of online learning which has quickly become a rising phenomenon. Especially during the pandemic when everyone had to stay at home.
Now we have sites such as Skillshare offering an affordable monthly subscription for people to learn almost anything from skilled professionals. The internet truly becomes your oyster filled with the knowledge in every corner once you know where to find them.
4. Remember, YOU are in control
Fortunately, we have not fallen victim to an AI apocalypse. Imagine if robots and technology would literally have enough intelligence to take over the world. So always ensure to have that control on our screen-time.
Follow positive profiles on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platforms and at the same time, unfollow those with rather negative or sensational posts. Tailor your social media to YOUR wants and needs, not the other way around.
You can also subscribe to productivity content on YouTube and Skillshare to get your daily dose of productivity tips and tricks. It’s always nice to get a refresher and you’ll learn something new too. I personally recommend Ali Abdaal who is known as the King of productivity and Mariana’s Corner especially, if you are a student or just someone who needs some help in the organization.
I disagree with the notion that our phones, tablets, and computers are detrimental. No, they are already an integral part of our lives. They have brought upon so many great inventions and provide more career opportunities in various industries.
However, it is important to remember that life still has so so much to offer when we’re off-screen. It is all about finding that sweet spot in balancing our time every day both online and offline. As Uncle Ben once said, “with great power comes great responsibility”.
I truly hope you found some of these tips helpful in some way. Use the technology around us as a tool to empower our lives. And remember, don’t beat yourself up on days when you’re not as ‘productive’. It is an uphill climb and the beauty of productivity is not in the results but the journey.
If you are interested to read more about replacing your screen time and how to achieve that, check out this article on different activities you can implement during your downtime!