Technology can make us healthier, more productive, well-rounded human beings. Research shows that technology is responsible for boosting workplace productivity by a massive 84 percent in the last 40 years. However, when technology is used in the wrong way, it can be incredibly distracting, making us less protective and even isolating us from others. Here are some simple ways to increase your productivity and ensure you’re using technology effectively.

Social media addiction - it's real

When we look down to check our email or social media accounts, our brains follow subconscious scanning patterns reinforced by dopamine hit we get from reading a funny meme or seeing that someone “liked” a photo we’ve posted. This is why it's so easy to get trapped in the black hole of the Internet. Quickly looking down to check your email or social media apps can easily turn into a half hour of mindlessly scanning the web. Always make sure that you know your objective before looking down at your phone - that way, you can reap the benefits of technology without letting it become a time drain.

One thing at a time

In just a few short years we’ve become so used to a constant access to information that we've become uncomfortable with experiencing boredom while engaging in normal activities. This sense of boredom leads to multi-tasking, listening to podcasts or scanning Facebook while doing other things. The problem is that when you multitask, you cannot give anything your full attention. If you enjoy listening to music or podcasts, try focusing on just listening. You might find it more effective to save your favorite podcast as a reward for finishing up a project, rather than putting it on while you work.

Notification overload

Many apps send push notifications to your phone. These alerts appear even when you are offline. Unless certain notifications are crucial (a text from your child or an important email from a client), it's best to turn them off. Simply go to your preferences and make sure that the push notifications for non-essential apps are turned off. Once you've turned off non-essential notifications, you can concentrate without distractions; confident in the knowledge that essentials notifications will still make it through if anything urgent comes up.

When too much is too much

Mobile devices have become crucial tools for communicating, serving as a news resource, gaming platform and sometimes even a matchmaker. Today the average person has 30 apps on their phone. But too much of a good thing can sometimes just be too much. Make sure that you are using your phone wisely. If you haven't used a particular app for over a month, it's best to get rid of it. You'll free up some space on your phone and in your brain!

 


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