Productivity Tip

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Hmmmm. What does this say about me?

Since I’ve turned off all my notifications on my cell phone, I’ve become a lot more productive and less reactive:

  • I read emails when I am prepared to, not because my phone blings;
  • I focus on writing quality blog posts and creating art, and refrain from checking stats; and 
  • I’m far less distracted in general and my productivity has increased by at least 40%. 

 

Active or Passive?

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Everyone I know has an electronic device. Some use it for work only and they put it away so they can spend time with their families, exercise, and enjoy nature. Some are in front of their device all day and most of the night.

A good question to ask yourself (besides “Am I on my screen too much?“) is, “Am I changing because of my screen time, or am I making a change in the world using my screen time?”

Are you an active user or a passive user? Are you controlling it or is it controlling you?

 

 

 

Do You Have an Android?

 

Check Point Software Technologies

Apparently, nearly 1 million Androids have been hacked, according to Mashable. The malicious malware installs apps on your phone which steal authentication and falsely rate their apps highly.

As an Android owner, I was naturally concerned! There is a way to test whether your phone has been comprised. Visit: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/

You will be prompted to enter your email address (related to your Play Store account) and it will check to see if you’ve been compromised.

Read the Mashable article for the fix.

I am unbreached. Yay!

 

 

Bossy

She took her daughter out of the store and turned to her. She bent down so they were face to face. “I want you to stop touching everything in the store and when you make something fall down, you need to pick. it. up.”

I smiled. Ah! Order had been restored in the universe!

This was such a refreshing scene to what is becoming more commonplace in restaurants and malls: parents busy on their phones while their children run and scream,  hit each other or drum on tables with forks and knives.

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My daughters have cell phones. I do regret purchasing iPhones for them. But we had purchased them a “dumb” phone (only good for making calls) and they never had it on them. Or, they wouldn’t turn it on. So much for emergencies! In any case, they love their new phones and we can always reach them. Problem: They’re on Instagram or Snapchat all the time. It’s summer break and they will (literally) be happy to lie on their bed and play on their phones for hours. They become sullen, lethargic and anti-social.

So I took their phones away. They have to hand them to me at 9:30pm and they don’t get them again until 5pm. In the meantime, they must make their beds, practice violin for at least 70 minutes each and do other chores. I’ve actually been called “strict,
“mean” and “bossy” for doing this. Really? 4 or 5 hours of complete freedom on their phones is being strict? I’m trying to teach them ethics – “work before pleasure.” Someone said, “Well, all the teenagers do this now.” This sentence reminds me of a comeback…something about everyone jumping off a bridge?

Balancing “control” and “freedom” is always a delicate issue when raising children. Giving them room to grow, letting them make mistakes and standing back as they learn from their mistakes is imperative! However, we are parents. We must not be afraid to do the right thing, which is limit the “bad stuff”. You don’t allow your kids to eat all the sugar they want, do you? Technology is the same thing. As they mature and demonstrate that they can put the phone down and do other things, I will ease up. But not yet.