It’s a common thing to discuss being organized or developing organizational skills, but most of the time it’s pertaining to one’s career life or home life. There are tons of resources out there that address those facets of your world. But what about when it comes to your virtual world? It’s time to organize…
Believe it or not, according to Digital Trends, people spend an average of 4.7 hours a day on their phones! “Considering that the average American is awake for just over 15 hours a day (seeing as we sleep for an average of eight hours and 42 minutes), this means that we spend approximately a third of our time on our phones.”
You think this is disturbing? Look at this guy’s findings…..
You might be thinking, “there’s no way that’s possible,” but think about every time you check social media, read or send a text or email, online shop, read news articles, check your calendar, scroll on Facebook, send Snapchats, binge watch Youtube videos, or whatever you do. The truth is we spend an obscene amount of time on our phones.
Given that we live a third of our lives in our own unique virtual worlds, my question is:
How organized is your virtual world?
If unorganized, you probably struggle with mental stress or anxiety, commitment problems, paying attention to things, and are probably unorganized in real life. These are not attributes you want to be categorized by, so don’t let these troubles plague you anymore. It’s actually pretty crazy to think your phone or electronic device can cause you all these problems, but it happens! You might be able to identify with some of these things and wonder why it is happening to you. I used to, but then I changed my ways and my life was not the same! I hope you can experience the same relief too.
You wouldn’t believe the benefits of organizing your virtual world. One of my mentors in the past would always talk about ways to be more efficient and productive with your phone but I didn’t really think it made a difference. However, when I picked up some of the tips and habits, I became a believer! It’s true, your smartphone is a very powerful tool, not just an entertainment device.
I am sure you manage majority of your life with your phone like banking, credit cards, paying bills, work, communicating with others, investing, planning, and all kinds of other important things. Organizing your virtual world will make you more efficient and productive mentally and physically!
So here are the first items of what you need to know to get started:
Your phone layout matters.
You want your home screen to be organized in a way that improves your ability to focus and navigate. I have created a three step process to getting your home page set up.
1. Categorize– On my homepage, I created folders for all of my various apps and functions. For instance, if you look at the screenshot you’ll see categories like BANKING, SOCIAL MEDIA, TOOLS and so on. This way, wherever I am trying to navigate, I have all of my apps in one place, split up into various folders that help me to find what I’m looking for. The apps that are not in folders are the apps that I like to access quick and use frequently. So – Create Categories
2. Optimize – To make things even better, I then colored all of the folders based on what purpose they serve. Anything that involves money is green, social media is blue and so on. This way my homepage doesn’t look like a mess and I don’t have a headache trying to get to things quickly. This visual organization really helps your brain! Studies show that when things are visually organized, your mind has a much easier time focusing and processing information. Who knew, something as easy as organizing your home page can put your mind at ease! So – Color Code Your Folders
3. Position – This one might seem a little funny, but if you notice all my folders are diagonal going from the bottom left to the top right. I do this to make navigating to anything an easy reach for my thumb. This way I can do everything with one hand very quickly! This is just a little odd fact, but apparently when you position your apps or folders like this, it actually decreases the likelihood of dropping your phone one-handed. Pretty cool right? If you dropped and cracked your phone, Should of had this!!! Folders at the top left are simply folders I don’t use as much. So – Position Your Folders!
To sum it up – I would recommend organizing your phone similarly to this. Trust me, it will help. I also recommend using a background that is clean looking and isn’t too busy so you don’t overstimulate your brain. You can create your own categories or colors for whatever works best for you!
Use a calendar app!
I used to never use a calendar and I was very forgetful! I had trouble committing to things because I didn’t know if I was free or not. Now that I’ve been using a calendar, I log everything I’m doing in there whether it be a birthday party, a bill to pay, an assignment due, an interview, or anything, I throw it in the calendar. I will tell you first hand, when you are aware of all your plans, your mind is far more clear, your confidence increases, and your ability to follow through on things goes through the roof. Taking control of your life is a big deal, so be intentional and responsible with your time!
This is also a big thing in the business & working world. So all around it’s a great habit to develop and I guarantee it will prove to be beneficial for you! If you already do this, you’re one step ahead of the game.
Create a to-do list
So I have 4 different pages. I have a home page, a calendar page, a weather and google search page (slightly irrelevant but I like it), and lastly my to-do list page. I use an app called Google Keep. I think it’s phenomenal. I can jot down notes, create lists, and leave voice messages for myself and all kinds of other cool stuff. I highly recommend using google keep or an app similar to this. I am not an apple guy, I’ve always used android (powered by google), but I am sure apple has some crafty tools like this you could use too.
I also use this app to write down some goals or more long term things I need to do or figure out. Or I will use it for other things like Bible verses I want to memorize or have already memorized. So you can do all kinds of things.
Organization is very important for many reasons, but be sure not to limit yourself to just your physical world because your virtual world can have just as powerful of an effect on your brain. So do yourself a favor and make your phone work for you. After all it is a device that is designed to help you, not stress you out. I promise, you will benefit in many ways, some expected and others unexpected.
I hope these habits and ideas can help!
Cheers & God Bless
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