Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are marketed as powerful productivity tools. However, some workers may find their device’s time-wasting apps to be more of a distraction than an aid to productivity. What’s a distracted smartphone owner to do?
According to a study by mConcierge, 90 percent of Americans actually use their smartphones for work purposes. This is why many businesses are adopting a Bring Your Own Device strategy so that personal devices can be used safely at work and for work. Unfortunately, not every worker has the willpower to forsake a mobile device’s time-wasting apps. For Jake Knapp, blogger and design partner at Google Venture, the struggle is real.
After spending time fighting a losing battle against the distracting power of his smartphone, Knapp began to look for a way out. He told of his experience on the sharing website Medium:
My iPhone made me twitchy. I could feel it in my pocket, calling me, like the Ring called Bilbo Baggins. It distracted me from my kids. It distracted me from my wife. It distracted me anytime, anywhere. I just didn’t have the willpower to ignore email and Twitter and Instagram and the whole world wide web. Infinity in my pocket was too much.
To remedy this problem, Knapp came up with a simple solution; dumb down his smartphone. According to his logic, if he got rid of the most distracting apps and only kept what’s absolutely essential, his phone would no longer have a hold over him. Here are four helpful tips that Knapp came up with in order to make his smartphone less distracting.
Can you identify with Knapp’s smartphone addiction problem? What are some ways that you minimize your smartphone’s hold over your life. Share your thoughts in the comments.