Almost every technology debate has this question – Are the advances in technology making our job easier or harder?
Whatever be your view, it’s not always the technology. It’s you who decide to make the best out of your work day or worst using technology.
Technology is meant to make our lives comfortable, and some people already do so by investing in the tech they require.
But there are others who would get their hands on every new piece of art that they come across. So, it’s time to out how you can be more productive with technology.
Get to the Cloud
One of the best technological innovations for productivity is the presence of Cloud. It’s a virtual space on the Internet (like real-life clouds) where you can store your data. You can access the resources stored online from anywhere.
It can be a file edited on one of the office computers which you can later check from your iPhone. Or it can be software available online in which all team members work together and monitor the progress in real-time.
You don’t need to worry about your files getting mixed up across devices and among users.
Take control of Gmail
If you have an Android phone and you use Gmail for your official emails, it handles quite a lot of things for you.
It can scan your emails for bookings, tickets and events and sync it with your calendar. It can check the addresses and mark it on the maps for easy accessibility.
Then, you can also use the Google app to set reminders or pull up your next travel dates. And if your hands are busy working, you can ask the Google Assistant for the information on your meetings and schedule.
Did you find something interesting on one of the tech blogs you follow? Instead of reading it right now, drop it in the Pocket.
Instead of opening tabs of articles you want to go through, add them all to the Pocket, available on the browser toolbar.
And when you have some free time for reading, open the app on your device or in the browser and read all the stuff.
Start Self control
SelfControl is a software available for Mac which can restrict your access to specific services for the period you want.
You can add the list of websites which can distract you from work and then, start the timer. And for the entire duration, you can do nothing to access those websites. The timer doesn’t reset even if you restart your computer.
There are similar apps available for other platforms like SelfRestraint on PC, AppDetox on Android and Freedom on iOS.
The key to being productive with all those tech around is to be minimalistic. Choose what makes sense while you are working and what wastes your time.
Instead of checking the social media messages every few minutes, you can turn the push notifications off.
Unsubscribe any newsletters you receive, leaving your precious time only to check the essential emails as they arrive. Following these simple steps, you’ll soon be able to get more from the same amount of time.