Together we attach great importance to productivity and time management. Probably due to the cascade of stimuli vying for our attention. We are pulled in all directions by texts, social media notifications, and messages that distract us from the actual work we are supposed to be doing. Distractions have always been there, but are more bubbly now due to the sheer volume of information. We construct these distractions out of fear—fear of missing out. We fear missing the conversation. A conversation that doesn’t need us. But we’re sticking with it, despite the decline in our sanity and sanity. Unbeknownst to us, how we interact with media does more harm than good.
Part of personal wellness is detoxing ourselves from clutter. We want to purify our mind to regain our focus. It is our responsibility to remain civilized.
I get distracted all the time. So much so that I had to re-evaluate my systems. They’re not foolproof, but they’ve helped me curate the environment I want. An environment governed by my terms, with no endless distractions. A place where I can let my thoughts run free and have unrestricted access to my creativity.
We can do this together. i will show you.
Ironically, it’s about sharing some of my favorite phone apps to help you find your balance. These apps might invite some distraction, but if you’re going to be using your phone anyway, you might as well use it to your advantage.
Here is my current favorite meditation app. You can’t balance better
your mind than sitting still for a few minutes each day. Insight Timer is a free app that offers guided and personalized practices. You can use their daily questionnaire to assess mood and other aspects of personal well-being. The timer is also equipped with engaging sounds and audio to create a calming environment.
I use the Brain.fm app for background noise. They have curated extensive playlists
for concentration, relaxation, sleep and meditation. Their patented, functional music design uses binaural beats to help people get more done and act with purpose. I use this app religiously while doing deep work like writing, reading and further education. Lately their white noise feature has helped my sleep routine.
The Pomodoro Technique is well established in the scientific literature for its contribution to time management. It involves assigning short breaks between blocks of deep work to boost memory and attention. It allows you to engage in specific periods of concentration where you might otherwise fall prey to distraction. Ideal blocks are individual to you but may last 15-45 minutes separated by 5-15 minute breaks. The app is ridiculously intuitive. Set your desired focus time with regular breaks and get to work!
I give you one of the best paid apps on the market. Scribd is similar to Audible without the familiar name. It has a huge library of books, audiobooks, PDFs, and other documents. Their database is full of titles from all genres. If you take an active part in learning or have an insatiable curiosity, buy a subscription and you won’t regret it. It can also be a thoughtful gift for the knowledge seekers in your life.
Otter is a language translation app. Specially designed for people who benefit from speaking out their ideas. Otter uses its built-in microphone to capture your voice. The voice recording is amazing, making it the perfect resource for writing and reading. I recommend this to people who spend a lot of time walking or hiking. It allows you to wrestle with more challenging concepts that you otherwise cannot articulate in your writing. It’s not limited to writers either. It’s a tool for anyone to clear their racing thoughts and musings.
QuickCoach is a brand new (free) fitness software that launched in 2022. It’s a lightweight, user-centric coaching tool for training programming, nutrition, and behavior modification. You can design and modify your workouts and save your progress to keep track of your goals. It is well known that regular exercise contributes positively to productivity. Use this app to control your workout and have more time for your desired work throughout the day.
- Set time limits for your apps: be intentional Identify where you spend most of your time and if that time is worthwhile. Limit yourself to the essentials.
- have reason: Be conscious of your screen time. is there a purpose Even if that purpose is to scroll mindlessly
- Disable phone notifications: Each alarm is a rapid hit of dopamine. You will quickly deplete your dopamine stores, leaving you with less energy for the task at hand. Leave your phone on Airplane or Do Not Disturb to make the most of your time.
- find boredom: When was the last time you were truly alone with your thoughts? Find the moments to be still and think.
I intentionally included apps that focus on education, productivity, and fitness. These are three essential components of personal well-being. Education to improve brain plasticity and strengthen the mind. Productivity to cut out distractions and stay focused. Fitness improves your mood and builds resilience to incoming stressors.
Think about what personal well-being means to you. There is no definitive answer. I can tell you that you spend too much time on your devices. You are overwhelmed by so much information that it is impossible to digest it all. Choose your seats wisely. Spend more time on the important things.