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Will grayscale mode work for you?

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If you are looking for a quick fix to spend less time on your phone, then turning on Grayscale mode might interest you. 

It's often suggested in online posts. It might even work for you.

But here are my concerns. 

  1. On a practical level, the usefulness of this feature will depend on what you usually use your phone for. If you take a lot of photos or make videos for work purposes as I do, it will definitely annoy you, and possibly even make your end product of lesser quality.
  2. But a different …

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How about turning off notifications?

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When we want to use our phones less, we are often told to turn off notifications or set the screen to Black and white. 

And while this might be a help - it won’t be enough. 

A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) found that 89% of interactions with our phones are unprompted. 

Or in other words, 89% of the time, it is an internal cue that makes us pick up the phone. 

So what do you need to do when you want to use your phone less? 

If you want lasting change, th…

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Hack to enjoying your life more

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If someone asked us what would really make us happy, we would likely say, to be on vacation in a hammock.  No stress, no to-do’es.

But that's not the whole picture. 

Studies done by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and described in his book “Flow” showed us that our best moments are when we have to concentrate fully to do something that we find hard, but important. 

We as humans need to feel productive to be happy. 

But it’s not enough to feel productive, we also have to be able to get i…

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"I did it myself". Why self-efficacy matters

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Imagine you were able to change your smartphone behaviour - change it in the way that you were happy with. In a way where you keep using your smartphone, just that you are now in control.

Imagine feeling satisfied in the knowledge that you did all this - yourself. Of course, with some help from our online program - but ultimately you did it yourself. How would that feel? It would probably feel good. Maybe even really good.

Here’s why.

Self-efficacy is the confidence or belief in your abilitie…

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Busy, but not productive?

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How do you accurately measure productivity? It’s hard.

In our work today we wouldn’t even know what we would measure, because so many people work together in creating a product or service. 

However, this doesn’t stop us from trying to look as productive as possible. 

How? 

👉  Answering emails and I.M’s within minutes

👉  Answering on weekends and in the evening 

Being constantly available, constantly connected is a very tempting strategy because it’s often the only way your co-workers can t…

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Don't follow your heart

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Don't follow your heart. Well not when it comes to your smartphone,

What kind of relationship do you have with your smartphone?

It’s almost as if it were an important person in our lives. It comes everywhere with us.

It can connect us, comfort us. It knows a lot about us.

It's a lot like a relationship.

👉 But is it a balanced relationship?

👉 Does it do what is best for you?

👉 Or does it just want you to want it?

Of course the smartphone is not a person but it’s fascinating to see what an…

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Do you suffer from attention residue?

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Most of us multitask our way through work. Jumping from meeting to meeting - task to task. 

But if you want to be efficient this could be a problem.

Because even though the meeting has officially ended and you are off to do something else, the meeting still lingers in your awareness as attention residue. Its as if you are still filing away the information from the previous meeting. In essence, this takes away from your ability to focus fully on your next task. 

This has less impact if you hav…

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How I learned to reach my goals

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If you have read "Deep Work" by Cal Newport you are most likely interested in learning how to work in a more focused way.

In fact what Newport concludes is that the core abilities we need to succeed today is:

1. The ability to learn complex things

2. The ability to produce both fast and in top quality.

The way we do this, Newport concludes, is by being fully concentrated. 

I love this idea- and I do feel so strongly about it. But I also remember a time where, as much as I liked the idea, I …

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Want to get more work done?

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You probably feel that you are less effective on days where you are constantly interrupted by phone calls or texts. 

But even if you don’t use your phone at work, spending a lot of time on your smartphone outside of work will affect your ability to focus.

Spending hours everyday surfing different apps, answering texts teaches your brain that if it feels the least bit bored it should seek something new and interesting instead of staying on task. 

This means that what you do outside of work aff…

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Smartphone addiction and poor decision making

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If you are addicted to your smartphone you are more likely to make poor decisions in ambiguous situations. This means that when presented with a choice, where the risks are not clear, you are more likely to emphasise the reward (the gain) and overlook or downplay the negative consequences.

This is what Brazilian researchers found in a recent study with smartphone addicted students.

How does this look in a daily situation? Imagine you are at lunch with your colleagues. You haven’t spoken to the…

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