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Smartphone Apps That Can Make You More Focused

Smartphone Apps That Can Make You More Focused

Work productivity has always been a major concern for a lot of individuals. With goals in mind, it is important that you optimize your performance in order to achieve personal goals. In fact, some people turn to rituals in order to achieve their peak performance. But no matter how we condition our mind, we can’t remove the fact that technology plays a crucial role in our office productivity.

What used to be a tool that can make our work more efficient is now the same reason why some people are having productivity issues in the workplace. Are we a society that has become too dependent on technology? Experts say yes. With our growing reliance on things found in our phones, it is a good idea to have apps that can help boost productivity by keeping us focused on what we really need to do. Here are some smartphone apps that can potentially boost your office productivity.

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Flipd

Flipd is an app developed to finally keep people off their phones. What it does is to create a lock screen that removes different distractions in your phone such as social media apps and games. This particular app also allows you to remotely control other phones as well. This makes it a great tool, not only for individuals but also for businesses trying to boost office productivity.

Using this app, the workplace can be turned into a distraction-free zone. So how about emergency calls? The good thing about Flipd is that it can still allow users to receive texts and answer calls.

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Moment

Are you spending more time on your phone than usual? People don’t realize just how much time they lose by using their phones.

If you have a tight schedule,  with deadlines piled one after the other, first thing that you want to do is to set limits as to how much time you should be spending on different activities. Using Moment, you can also limit the amount of time spend on your phone.

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If you only want to spend 30 minutes on your phone for the entire 8 hour work day, it is a good idea to check Moment. Once you reached your limit, you get annoying alerts that will eventually force you off your phone.

StayOnTask

StayOnTask is an app that allows you improve your focus on what you are doing. It randomly checks what you are up to. With customizable alarms and customized images, it tells you if you are not doing what you are supposed to do.

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AppDetox

A great way to manage productivity is to control the number of hours you spend on things found in your phone. AppDetox allows you to set your own rules on how much time you spend on your app. The good thing with AppDetox is that you can still make use of apps even if you went beyond the designated time limit. It also gives you a chance to view just how many of these rules you’ve violated.

Offtime

If you can’t get rid of everything on your phone, you can now make use of Offtime to block apps or even other contacts that restrict your office productivity.  The good thing with this particular app is that you don’t have to fear that you are missing out on some notifications. It keeps track of the notifications you’ve missed.

Conclusion

Technology has betrayed us in some ways. What should have been a tool to help aid our work is now keeping us from being productive. With the growing number of things that we can do with technology, we can’t help but be confused on the important task at hand.

The good thing is that there are apps that you could rely on to regain that focus at work. With the help of these apps, it is possible to boost your office productivity by limiting unnecessary activities caused by smartphones.

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Last Updated on December 17, 2018

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

We live in a time of productivity overload.

Everywhere you turn are articles and books about how to be more productive, how to squeeze 27 hours of work out of every 24, how to double your work pace, how to do more and more all in the name of someday getting out of the rat race. Well this is about the side effects of those ideas. If we aren’t multitasking, we feel lazy. If we aren’t doing everything, we feel like we’re slacking. We compare ourselves to others who we think are doing more, having more, getting more and achieving more, and it’s driving us crazy. We feel overwhelmed when we think we have too much to do, too much is expected of us, or that a stressor is too much for us to handle. And we respond by lashing out with emotions of anger, irritability, anxiety, doubt and helplessness.

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This season especially is the most stressful time of year. Between the holidays, final exams, family gatherings and general feelings of guilt that it’s the end of the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking of all the things you still need to get done. But if you use these tips, not only will you get the important stuff done, you’ll keep your sanity while doing it!

    Is this you?

    Change your thought pattern-stop thinking negatively

    When you feel overwhelmed, the first thing you do is start thinking negatively or begin to resent why it’s your responsibility in the first place! The first thing you have to do is to stop! Stop thinking negatively immediately. Instead, focus on the positive. If you’re stuck in traffic, think of how great it is to have some time to yourself. If you’re rushing trying to get things done by a deadline, think how lucky you are to have a purpose and to be working towards it. If you’re stressing about a final exam, think of how fortunate you are to be given the opportunity of higher education. After you’ve changed your thought patterns, you must then say to yourself “I can do this.” Keep saying it until you believe it and you’re more than halfway to ending feeling overwhelmed.

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    Take a deep breath/change your body posture

    When you’re stressed certain things happen to your body. You start to breath shallowly, you hunch over, you immediately tense up and all that tension drives your feelings of stress even more. Relax! Straighten your posture and take at least ten deep, cleansing, breaths. Force yourself to smile and do something to change your state. It could be as simple as giving yourself a hug or as silly as clapping your hands three times, throwing them up in the air and shouting “I GOT THIS!” Think to yourself, how would I sit/stand if I had perfect confidence and control of the situation?

    Focus on right now

    Now that you are in a better state of mind and are no longer thinking negatively, you need to focus on the here and now. Ask yourself this question: What is the most important thing I have control of and can act on right now? Keep asking yourself this until you have a concrete next step.

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    Take Action

    Now that you know what’s most important and what to do about it, do it! Start with the first step and focus on getting that done. Don’t worry about anything else right now, just on what your first step is and how to get it done. Once that’s done with, determine the next most important step and get that done.

    Let go of what you can’t control (the gambler’s theory)

    Seasoned gamblers understand the importance of due diligence and knowing when to let go. The Gambler’s Theory is that once your bet is placed there is nothing you can do, so you might as well relax and enjoy the process. The time to worry is when you’re figuring out the best odds and making the decision of what to bet when you can actually take action. I used this one a lot in college. After an exam, there is absolutely no point in stressing about it. There’s nothing you can do. And the same goes for feeling overwhelmed. If you can do something about your situation, do it, focus and take action. But if you’ve done what you could and now are just waiting, or if you’re worried about something you have no control over, realize that there’s no point. You might as well relax and enjoy the moment.

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      Relax and enjoy the moment

      Stop feeling guilty

      Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. If you are at your wits end trying to keep up with what you think you should be doing, you aren’t being fair to yourself. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t strive for improvement, just don’t go overboard because you feel like you have to. Only you know what’s really important to you, and your personal success journey so focus on what your top priorities are, not someone else’s.

      Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. The important thing is to realize it’s normal and that you can do something about it by taking focused and deliberate action. Happy Holidays!

      Featured photo credit: Stress Therapy via flickr.com

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