Your smartphone is supposed to help you get more things done and faster, but make any of the following mistakes and you might be taking a step backward:
1. Answering it all the time. With almost a Pavlovian response when it rings, we feel compelled to answer it—regardless of what we are doing. Smartphones interrupt our days and reduce our productivity. Curb the urge to answer it by putting it on silent (or at least vibrate) when you focus on a task.
2. Not learning the shortcuts. It is easy to buy a smartphone and think it will just do everything, but we still need to learn how it works. For example, learning smartphone shortcuts can easily shave hours off your workweek. It’s well worth the investment.
3. Hiding your phone. Although this might seem counterproductive, you will not be able to see your reminders, alerts or to-dos unless you can see your phone. Having it visible leads to action.
4. Not backing it up. Lose your phone and you'll lose all the information stored in it. Google sync offers a free automated backup for most smartphones. This will save you hours of lost time if your phone is lost, stolen or even just dies.
5. Checking emails constantly. The red light is beckoning; it is so hard to resist. So when you’re at work, turn off your smartphone work email alerts. Decide when you will check your email—two to three times a day is a great option unless you must check more frequently. This can also save you tons of time.
Author: Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.