Tech Hacks

Everywhere you look, someone is on their laptop, cell phone, or tablet, and I am one of those people. Our generation has had opportunity to grow up in a digital age and although I think it’s awesome that we are able to connect with all sorts of people from all over the world, I also think it’s important to be conscious of the amount of time we spend on technology so that we can still form relationships IRL.

I have found that one of the easiest ways to cut down on the amount of time spent on technology, and even become more productive, is through a couple super easy tech hacks/shortcuts.

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SelfControl | This is a Mac app (sorry PC users!) that allows you to block yourself from your most distracting websites for any give time period from minutes to a full day. Once downloaded, all you have to do is add any of your distracting websites to your “blacklist” (i.e., www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, etc.), move the slider to the amount of time you want to block yourself from these sites, and click start! The best part is that it’s impossible to cheat – whether you turn off your laptop or simply exit out of the app, the time does not change!

Emoji Keyboard | For the longest time ever, I didn’t even realize it was possible to access the emoji keyboard from my laptop! It’s seriously been the best thing ever since I spend so much time on Twitter, scheduling social media posts, and texting friends (thank you iMessaging!). All you have to do to make it appear is press control + command + space bar. Happy emoji-ing!

Genius Scan | This app literally allows you to have a scanner in your pocket. If you’re someone who’s constantly on the go, or even if you don’t have a scanner available to you, this app is awesome. All you have to do is scan the document and it uploads it to your phone as a JPEG or a multipage PDF file, then you can easily e-mail your documents to anyone and look professional while doing so!

Do Not Disturb | I typically like to kick it old school and put my phone on airplane mode, but I recently started utilizing the ‘do not disturb’ function on the iPhone more and realized I actually like it better! I can still keep my phone up and functioning just in case I’m waiting for an important call, but am able to mute any other incoming calls/texts/e-mails.

Exporting documents to PDFs | I send a lot of documents via e-mail so between the scanner app that I mentioned and exporting my documents to PDFs, I’m set. The two reasons I like doing this is that it makes my documents look more professional and whoever is accessing the document can’t change anything around! All you have to do to get a PDF version of your document is click file > save as and change your file format from Word Document (.docx) to PDF.

Hashtag Shortcut | Thanks to Cristina, I have a new favorite hack and I’m SO excited to share it with you! We all know how much of a drag it is to type out all of the hashtags we want to include on our latest Instagram shot and many of us keep our hashtags in our notes section of our phone, but it all just got way easier. Follow the following steps to set this up in your phone!

Step One: Open the settings on your phone & click ‘General’

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Step Two: Click ‘keyboard’

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Step Three: Click ‘text replacement’

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Step Four: Click the ‘+’ in the top corner to add a new text replacement

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Step Five: In the ‘phrase’ section, type in your hashtags and in the ‘shortcut’ section, type in the shortcut for it (see my example in next step!)

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Step Six: Save your new text replacement

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Step Seven: Hop on over to Instagram, and when it comes to the caption part (or comment!) type in your shortcut for your hashtags and they will appear!

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Have you tried any of these tech hacks? Are there any tech hacks that you rely on every day?

38 Comments

  1. March 9, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    I just learned so much! I had no idea you could access an emoji keyboard from a laptop! Thanks for the tips!

    • March 9, 2016 / 11:58 AM

      It’s seriously the best thing I ever learned!! I spend so much time on my laptop for blogging and I was sick of having to use regular smily faces!

    • March 9, 2016 / 11:59 AM

      Even though they are such simple ways – it makes all the difference!

  2. March 9, 2016 / 12:27 PM

    These are awesome tips!! Specifically Genius Scan and the hashtag shortcut!
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

    • March 9, 2016 / 12:32 PM

      Thanks Olivia! I hope t hey help you!

  3. March 9, 2016 / 1:04 PM

    This post was incredibly helpful because I had no idea I could access my emojis on my keyboard either; I just tried it! Thanks for sharing these hacks with us, they really are helpful! Have a wonderful day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  4. March 9, 2016 / 1:05 PM

    Omg this post saved my booty! You are queen, Rach, thanks for all the tips! 🙂

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

  5. March 9, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    That hash tag tip! Saved me from constantly going back and forth from my notes to IG! Love the emoji hack as well, I had no idea there was a shortcut for it. Thanks!

  6. March 9, 2016 / 1:37 PM

    Love the Do Not Disturb and Hashtag hacks! Is there a similar hashtag hack for Androids?

    • March 9, 2016 / 9:23 PM

      Hm! I’m not sure, but I will definitely check it out an shoot you an e-mail!

  7. March 9, 2016 / 5:39 PM

    Wow thanks for these hacks! Love the hashtags one 🙂

    • March 10, 2016 / 10:09 AM

      You are quite welcome! I hope they help you!

  8. March 10, 2016 / 11:11 AM

    thanks so much for making my life a whole lot easier haha! great post lovebug!

    • March 10, 2016 / 11:11 AM

      Aw, you are very welcome!

  9. March 10, 2016 / 9:19 PM

    Thank you SO MUCH! I have been trying to figure out how to do this.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  10. March 11, 2016 / 11:33 AM

    NICE! 😁I use selfcontrol – especially when studying – and will catch myself trying to get on social media to share a random thought. So instead of taking breaks to read social media, I take study breaks by picking up or going for a quick walk.

    😊

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:47 AM

      Good idea! I love taking walks, they always help when I’m stressed!

  11. March 11, 2016 / 8:41 PM

    That last tip. WHAT?!?! I had no idea you could do that. Totally going to try that out. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • March 13, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      YES IT IS! It’s awesome!

    • March 14, 2016 / 4:05 PM

      You’re welcome! It’s super easy to use!

  12. March 16, 2016 / 3:58 PM

    Great list — thanks for sharing! The emoji keyboard shortcut is a lifesaver!!

    • March 16, 2016 / 5:25 PM

      Aw, thanks Anjerika! The emoji keyboard shortcut definitely gets used a lot on my computer!

  13. March 17, 2016 / 10:22 AM

    I never knew about the ‘Do not disturb’ button until pressing it by accident a couple of days ago. Such an easy feature to use!

    • March 17, 2016 / 2:28 PM

      RIGHT! And you can still set it for important phone calls to come in!

    • March 28, 2016 / 10:23 PM

      Aw, thanks so much Dana! Checking it out now!

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