Technology is good for us, but right now we are addicted and slaves of it. Most of us don't use for our benefit as much as we should. Today I bring you two simple digital tools that help you to keep you sane and have more time.
Smartphones apps are designed to get our attention and be hooked to the screen as much as possible. (https://www.businessinsider.com/how-app-developers-keep-us-addicted-to-our-smartphones-2018-1?IR=T)
I love to help clients and friends to use technology to be productive and use the full potential.
First one is a password manager app.
How many times do you forget a password to login to an account? Today? Yesterday? Last week?
So you want to login to a website or service, type your username and the password and … Bip! Bip! Password is wrong. Oops.
Ok, so you try one more time, let see. Password incorrect, again! 🙁
Now let's recover your password;
How long it pass since the first time you tried to log in? 5 minutes? 10 minutes?
Now count how many times you forgot a password for a service or website and multiple for the minutes you spend each time you forgot your password.
Having a password manager give you that time back, yes! Plus to don't feel frustrated to do the 'forget my password?' process every time.
If you are not using a password app, I will highly recommend starting right now. Between email, social media, bank, other website accounts and more, it's hard to keep track which password use for what. They are so many to be able to remember all and, don't even think to try to use the same password. That is so bad for security reasons. It would be best if you a different password, a strong one, for each login/account, this will avoid to be hacked and lost your account, and sometimes even money.
I use 1password mainly, and since I got it years ago I go the one price only app on my mobile and laptop — a great way to keep your passwords and security details in one place and secure.
So go now to find your password app that will work for you, and maybe for your family too, as many you can use for family or teams. And be sure it's a secure one.
"I realised that I have been super anxious lately whenever I had to use a password. It was overtaking my life and now SOLVED!!!!! Thanks so much!!! "Eva at 'Bee a Brand'
Here is a list of the top password manager for 2019:
And now, let's talk about the second simple tool and app that help you to have more time. Yes, more time! And it's not a time machine! Or time-expander app!
Many of us we use our smartphone for work: personal brand, small business or when working for someone;
But many of these tasks we do along our day, and this is taking our focus from what matters to us:
When you are aware when you use your phone and for what as tracking your habits for one week, writing them in a notebook and check the 'Moment' app or 'Screen Time' feature will help you first to get shocked and second to get better organised.
Moment app: this great little helper tracks your time on your smartphone: which apps, how many minutes, which days you are using more your phone. Well, it helps you to be aware of your time in your smartphone and do something about it! Yes, that the point, have your time back and track the use of your smartphone. To be more focus and do the things that matter to you most: work, family, enjoy nature, exercise, you decide.
(If you have an iPhone, Apple now has a native feature called Screen Time that functions much the same way as Moment. )
So now we know to track our time in our smartphones let's get organised to have our time back!
I could be with my smartphone 24 hours a day. Glued to my hand, but something matter more to me that my smartphone; my business, my family, my friends, go for a walk to the forest next to my house.
So instead of letting my smartphone use me, I use it when I decide. I organised blocks during the day where it's ok for me to check my smartphone and use it.
And that is, even I have blocked to limit my time on my smartphone I still believe I could improve and get more time checking less my phone.
The next thing is to apply this when you are in your laptop and avoid checking emails constantly. I turn off any emails pop-up notifications and I don't have a Facebook tab (which I don't open at all). If I need I will turn off my wifi too, making sure I focus on what it needs to be done that day.
I hope this article will help you and give you some tips on how to get more time during your day. And if you have any suggestions or questions, I would love to hear them.