Smart Phones – Productivity Improvement or Time Waster?


I expect that almost everyone reading this will have a smart phone, perhaps you are even reading this on your smart phone or tablet right now. Smart phone and tablets can be a great way to increase productivity, but it was recently brought to my attention that they can also be a really big time waster.

So why am I talking about this? Well, I was in a time management course last week, when the instructor called me out for being on my phone. I was checking my work emails at the time and she made the point that there were more productive uses of my time than being on my phone at the end of an activity. I openly disagreed with her and after that the whole class got in on the discussion.


My point

I had finished the exercise at hand and had time to kill as I was ahead of the class. I thought it would be a good use of my time to check my work emails to ensure I didn’t get too far behind in my work whilst I was on this all day course.


Her point

She only saw me on my phone and couldn’t see the screen and so I can only assume she thought I was on Facebook or something and challenged that I could be doing something more productive with my time.


Big picture

She’s right, but in this instance she is also wrong. Smart phones can be a big part of our lives and they can allow us to be better connected than ever before. Sometimes this is a good thing, while other times it can take you away from doing things that are actually important in life.

In this instance getting ahead on my work was a good use of my time, however, I could have just as easily been browsing the news, or on Facebook reviewing status updates – in which case this would have been an unproductive use of my time.

The main thing the instructor wanted to bring to our attention is that it is easy to be ;ed astray by time wasters on your phone, particularly social media applications.

When smart phones are used to help you get more done day to day they are marvelous, you just need to make sure that you don’t get sucked into them and fail to notice the world that is happening all around you away from the screen.

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