It is not an uncommon sight to see someone hunched over for hours at a time, busily tapping away on their smartphone. It has become a constant companion for most people and they are rarely seen without it. In fact, there are people who are rendered paralyzed when they do not have their phone with them. This is because our smartphone is so much more than just a phone for calling and sending text messages. They serve as our cameras, journals, libraries, gaming devices, MP3 players, and so many other things. We are so dependent on our smartphones and other devices that we pick them constantly without having to think about it, as if it is a reflex. We wait for calls to come through, messages to arrive, that we now have a “medical condition” that is called Phantom Vibration Syndrome or Phantom ringing which makes us feel our phone vibrate or hearing it ring without the phone actually doing so.
Now, smartphones have home screens that allow us to arrange our apps and programs in the order we find most convenient or important. The apps that are used the most are almost always on the home screen while the less used apps find their way into folders and subfolders. Now, there is a way for you to be more productive just by how you arrange the icons on your smartphone’s home screen. This is where you will meet the mere-exposure effect, a psychological occurrence that makes a person develop a preference for things that are familiar. The trick here is to put something you use in a much more visible area and you will find that you may use it more often.
A lot of us buy or download apps that help us increase our productivity, firmly believing that they really will help use be much more productive. But the reality is that once we install the app, we only use it a few times before it gets permanently relegated to a folder, never to be seen again. Remember the mere-exposure effect and find a way to make those apps truly work for you. The solution may be much simpler than you think.
Arrange the icons on your smartphone’s home screen
It would seem natural to place the apps you use the most on your home screen but by putting the apps you want to use more at the forefront, you will find that you will be using it more often. You will get to use that productivity app you paid for and find that you add more tasks and delete them since you actually get around to accomplishing the list you made a few days ago. You will be able to manage your time much better, spend time on more lucrative endeavors, and reduce the number of hours you spend on Twitter or Facebook.
With this simple trick, you can condition yourself to be much more productive and to spend your time wisely. And the best part is: it is absolutely free.