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.
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’
Step Two: Click ‘keyboard’
Step Three: Click ‘text replacement’
Step Four: Click the ‘+’ in the top corner to add a new text replacement
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!)
Step Six: Save your new text replacement
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!
Have you tried any of these tech hacks? Are there any tech hacks that you rely on every day?