Is Your Smartphone Killing Your Productivity?

By Robert Nachum

In the past few years, I tried to increase my productivity on a daily basis by decreasing my smartphone usage. As you may know, this is not an easy task for anyone, especially if you’re a smartphone addict.

I was using my smartphone for several hours a day, greatly decreasing my productivity. Something needed to be done. I started this mission by deleting multiple apps including Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Instagram. The problem was that a few days later, I downloaded the apps once again. It seemed like an endless loop that I couldn’t find a way out of.

The next thing I did was to search for apps that would help increase my productivity; which I thought would lead me to use my phone less. I had a lot of recommendations from friends, but only some of them actually helped increase my productivity.

My recommendations:

The 1st recommendation I received was a caller ID app that can block spam calls and messages. Caller ID apps will make sure you never have to answer phone calls again that will interrupt you while working or while you’re with your friends. In my case, I’ve been using CallApp; an Android app that can automatically detect and block telemarketing calls from all over the world.

The 2nd recommendation was to use apps that incentivize users to use their smartphone as little as possible. In my case, I’ve been using an app called Forest. Forest is a productivity app that can help you keep focused. It plants a seed in the forest every time you spend 30 minutes being focused, it’s that simple. The longer you stay away from your phone, the bigger your forest grows.

The 3rd recommendation I received was to use apps that can monitor and track how much time you spend on your smartphone. These kinds of apps can track your app usage and warn you with notifications when there’s an overuse. In my case, BreakFree helped me ignore apps that I was using too much on a daily basis.

There are many ways to deal with smartphone addiction, but as I already told you it’s not that simple. It can take a lot of time until you find exactly what works for you.

Let us know which productivity apps you are using in the comments 🙂

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