Is Your Smartphone Killing Your Productivity

Is your smartphone killing your productivity?

This blog post idea came to me a couple of days ago, as I realised I’d wasted over an hour sitting on the sofa trawling through Facebook & checking my emails on my phone.

 

I think I’ve been trying to hide my need to stay connected, but that isn’t helping with my productivity in the slightest.

 

Basically, I’m not getting anything done, and I think one of my biggest problems is that I like to distract myself all the time.

 

Ooh, what’s that, time for a cup of tea?  <——- see what I mean?!

 

I’m guilty of doing it all the time.  In the morning, while my alarm is snoozing.  At work, when I want a quick distraction (more often than strictly necessary).  When I get home again, thinking about cooking, I’ll check Facebook.

Then while my food is cooking, I’ll chill on the sofa with a cup of tea & my phone in my hand.

 

What is it?  Do I fear that I might miss out on something?  I don’t think so, I think most of the time it isn’t even a conscious decision.

 

It means that I’m not truly present in any moment.  I’m not enjoying my breakfast properly and thinking about the day ahead, because I’m scrolling through my phone looking at stuff.  All other times, I’m only half-present in whatever I’m doing, as I’m distracted by rummaging around on my phone.

 

Now, it’s not like I’m saying you shouldn’t use your phone of course, that would be silly (although, come to think of it, would it really be that silly?!).

 

But when I’m just wasting what precious little free time I have, then I know something has to change.

 

I think I’m going to have to allocate certain times of the day to look at my phone, and the rest of the time, to leave it alone.  This will be harder than I think, as even in the writing of this blog post I’ve checked my phone 3 times!

 

But if I want to be more productive, and not just crawl through my days like a zombie, then I have to get more disciplined.

 

Over to you:

How do you manage the usage of your smartphone?  Do you find yourself checking it all the time throughout the day?  Do you have ways of managing it (or controlling yourself)?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – is it just me?! 

Please leave a comment below & share this post on your preferred social network if you found it useful!

 

Until next time,

 

Nikki “the phone addict”

 




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  1. Dawn Kay
    Dawn Kay says:

    Omg Nikki what are you like (lol)

    Yes it does sound like you might have a problem misses but at least you have admitted you’ve got a problem and your not ignoring it.

    Have you tried turning it off altogether!

    My phone is just for answering calls and texts, I have got a smart phone and can have all the bells and whistles on it but don’t do any of my online work on it because of the distractions (lol)

    You’ve got to try and seperate work from pleasure!

    Imagine how much stuff you’d get done if you cut out all that crap (lol)

    Try it for a week – I challenge ya

    whassssssuuuuuuuupppppp

    Dawn
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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Dawn,

    Whasssssuuuupppp! Yeah, I think maybe I have a problem (or rather, many problems!). I always have my phone on silent, but it’s still something I pick up & check a lot more often than I think I should.

    However, I’m not alone (not that it makes it much better) – according to the Daily Express, “Mobile phone users check their devices every six-and-a-half minutes, according to new research. The study by Nokia found that people use their mobiles 150 times during a normal waking day of 16 hours.” (this was on a management email that I was sent at work).

    It only really cuts into my productivity in the evenings, as that’s when I could be doing something useful & often find I’m not. So I am now making a more conscious effort to leave it alone – though at the moment it’s my only way of communicating with Chris, so I allow myself to do that!

    Good luck with your launch of Podcast Blogging Uncut – looks like it’s going to be very popular, and I’m looking forward to digging in!

    Speak soon,

    Nikki

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  2. Mandy Allen @ Learn To Blog
    Mandy Allen @ Learn To Blog says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I just joined the 21st century and got my first iphone! It’s on charge as we speak…well, as I write, but I do know what you mean. I spend a lot of the day on the computer and just can’t help checking in with Facebook to see what’s going on! Luckily I’ve never got the hang of smart phones, even though I’ve had a BlackBerry for about 2 years, so I don’t do lots on it, just emails mostly on the internet side. Sounds like you do need to set yourself some anti-distraction targets – but don’t worry – I’m with you on that one!

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Mandy,

    Oh, that reminds me, I must sign up for your event! See, that’s a good example – I read your blog post on my phone and thought “when I’m on the computer I’ll comment & register my interest for your email marketing workshop” – and of course I haven’t done it yet as it slipped my mind! Bad me!

    At home, my laptop is upstairs in the Purple Room (my wardrobe room & office combined), so it’s much easier to just sit on the sofa and flick through Facebook etc. That’s fine, but not when I end up wasting an entire evening doing it!

    Surely recognising the problem is the first step towards solving it?!

    Speak soon,

    Nikki

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  3. Ray Cunningham
    Ray Cunningham says:

    Hi Nikki, Just wanted to let you know this article distracted me completely from what I was doing ;-)You are of course correct and I am terribly guilty of this myself.
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    Nikki Reply:

    Hi Ray,

    It would either be me or a cat causing a distraction! The majority of the time I go into my Purple Room to use my laptop, I’ll end up with one of the cats coming to see me and sit on my lap. All well and good until they get annoyed with you moving your arms & hands to type!

    It’s much easier to get distracted than actually knuckle down and do some work – but how else am I to progress if I don’t pull my finger out?!

    Speak soon,

    Nikki

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  4. Mike Finding
    Mike Finding says:

    Hey Nik!
    VERY good post and if you look around – How many others do you see doing JUST what you’re talking about? It never ceases to amaze me how many people are walking down the pavement right outside our house….staring into the phone!

    I actually got rid of mine to return to good ol’ basic phone for calls and messages!!

    Is there a “Smartphones Anonymous”??!

    Good to see you at the weekend as well

    Bye for now

    Ol’ Man xx
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    Nikki Reply:

    Yo Sandy Sand!

    Yes, it’s quite amusing when you’re out shopping or in a public space of sorts, and you see all these people with their noses to their phones. What’s more amusing is when you see a group of people together, supposedly socialising, but actually all sitting in silence looking at their phones instead of interacting with each other.

    I’m not quite that bad (I don’t have any friends!), but I do know it’s something I need to control.

    I’m still enjoying the mince pies and all the other badness that I brought back with me – ha!

    See you in a couple of weeks when you have your family outing & come up to see me – I’ll try not to stare at my phone the whole time!!

    xx

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