I’m pretty sure you use your phone a lot right? If you are like me, you check the time, weather, maybe instagram, a little snapchat and then you’re spending hours watching cat videos. I’m not going to lie, i’m pretty guilty of it all. There are days when I don’t get much done because I would get sidetracked on my phone. Instead of getting lost and spending so much time playing on your phone, how about you turn your phone into your life organizer? Smart phones have so many great productivity tools in them and I have really embraced using my phone as a integral part of my life. I broke down 5 Tips/Hacks that I have been doing that will surely help you have a more productive day!
Recently Google had reached out to me and see if I wanted to test out the new Google Pixel. After using and having unlimited photo and video space through the cloud, I knew it was LOVE. I partnered with Google for my youtube channel but this is not a sponsored blog post. Google gave me a phone to give away, so make sure you enter below!
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Tip 1: Prioritize your day to day activities on a Calendar app.
Time flies and there’s so much to do with so little time. That is why I MUST use a schedule in all of my activities, personal and work. I use my Google Calendar because it’s links to my email and I can access it pretty much anywhere. Take all your notes you jotted on notebooks, post-its, agenda etc… and consolidate it into you calendar app. You can set alert time to give yourself a heads up when you get ready or leave the door. I cannot tell you enough how much my calendar app saves me from being late or missing events. Also, don’t just set appointments, but also schedule in specific times for yourself like 30 minutes a day to meditate, 30 minutes to jog or work out, 1hr for cooking dinner and relaxing with family. If you schedule not just your appointments but also your priorities in life, you are sure to be able to streamline your life!
Tip 2: Use your phone’s camera for other things than taking selfies.
Let’s break this out down:
a. Inspiration is a huge part of what I do for a living and to find that I take photos a lot. Mostly shoot anything that inspires me. It can be anything outdoors or even in the stores. Whenever I feel less inspired, I go back into my photo album and look through my photos.
b. Note taking. If you’re in school or constantly at meetings and looking at powerpoint, your phone can come in handy. Instead of losing focus , feeling overwhelmed, or missing important points; take a photo of your notes or even your friends notes. This way you can always go back and spend more time to absorb what you should know and go back in your notes. I can never fast enough so I find this super helpful. Another good tip is to take pictures of the blackboard/whiteboard that you can reference later to your notes.
Tip 3. Sometimes words just isn’t enough so make Videos.
Video is such a great tool for your own record keeping. Between recording your workouts to ensure you are making progress to recording a lecture or a meeting, video is an indispensable tool. I personally like to record my workouts to make sure that my form and how I do a routine is good as well as give me something to look back on. Sometimes, I also like using video for record keeping. A really good life hack it to walk around your house and record all your valuables including the serial numbers of your items. Store the file on the cloud. If you are ever to be be robbed, you can use the video archive to provide to police and your insurance carrier to make the claims process much easier.
Tip 4. Get help with an Phone Assistant like Google Assistant.
Using your phone’s assistant isn’t just for finding the name of the song you love! Did you know that you can also use the tool to set appointments, add reminders or alarms on your phone or even help you find places to eat without typing and searching manually? There are so many great hacks that you can do using a virtual assistant. My favorite use is to help me find the local coffee shop when i’m traveling or between meetings.
Tip 5. Have a face to face through Video Conferencing.
A conference call or a email can only convey limited information as we are visual beings. Use face to face video conferencing for work meetings, saving you a commute or a trip. I’ve used face to face video conferencing to meet with my employees if I can’t make it into the office and have had conference calls with clients and management instead of driving through traffic. I personally love using video conferencing to stay in touch with loved ones. While it’s easy to hop on a phone call, sometimes I just want to see the expressions on their faces and see what they are up to. Just make sure to put on some makeup or find a spot with good lighting do you always look on fleek 😉
I hope some of these tips help you and I would love to hear what tips you have to stay on track!
FTC: Google provided the phone for this giveaway but all opinions are my own.