One problem we both struggle with when working from home is focus. I’m especially addicted to my phone. Seriously, I do everything through it. I listen to the radio, watch films, read books, meditate, journal and even track my period all with this device. .
I will be sharing a lot of the benefits that apps can give you. But let’s face it, when it comes to sitting down and doing some serious work, phones can be a hideous distraction. For as many minutes that I spend on useful apps, I probably spend twice as much on Facebook, Instagram and memes (yup I even have a whole app for only memes. 👋 hi, yes, I *am* a millenial, how did you guess?). So here’s something nifty to start with - why not use your phone to get OFF your phone.
I recently found a new (free!) app called Flipd. For anyone that is familiar with the desktop app SelfControl, that locks you out of certain websites, this is a similar idea but for smartphone apps. Flipd is a bit more hardcore though, as it looks you out of everything but the most basic ones like the phone and some utilities.
However, there’s a bit more installation involved than a regular app, and it also defaults your notification settings which can be a tiny bit annoying if you’re like me and like to have most of them turned off (another good tip for minimising distractions).
I’ve been using it for about a week and overall I’m super in to it. It’s helped me get out of a funky zone staring at my screen, and I also like to use it when studying Dutch as it prevents me from just "google-translating" everything the whole damn time.
Give it a go! If you have a trouble setting it up I can help you at our next Meetup (which we hold every Wednesday morning in The Hague).
Let me know what other kinds of digital tools you’d like to know about! - xoxoxoZhana
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