Technology is becoming more and more efficient, but it can also be distracting. So here are some tech tips to help you stay productive throughout the year.
These simple tips will help you use your computer better. They are easy to implement and will save you time.
1. Turn off notifications
Notifications are one of the worst parts of smartphone usage. They can be distracting, invasive, and even cause you to miss out on important messages.
Not only do they interrupt conversations, but they can also make you feel like you have to respond to everything right away. It’s time to turn off notifications.
New Scientist reports that turning off your notifications can help you to become more present in conversation. It will also help you to remember that not everything is urgent and needs an instant response.
You can get rid of annoying alerts by tapping and holding on an app’s notification icon until a pop-up menu appears. This will take you to a list of settings for the app. Tap a toggle next to each type of notification to disable them. You can even choose to silence all notifications altogether by setting Do Not Disturb (DND).
2. Turn off background apps
Apps that stay active in the background can eat up system resources, drain your battery and even pose a security risk. Luckily, there are ways to turn off these apps and save your precious resources.
The first step is to figure out which apps are using the most power and battery. This can be done by going to Settings, Device Maintenance and click on Battery.
Once you know which are the highest consuming Apps, you can use Android’s built-in battery optimization feature to disable them. This will save you the time and effort to close each App by its own, saving you some money in the process.
3. Turn off auto-correct
If you find auto-correct on your phone or computer getting in your way, or if it’s making embarrassing spelling mistakes, there’s a simple way to turn off auto-correct. You can do this on both iOS and Android devices.
The dictionary that is stored in your keyboard contains words that have been taught to it over time, according to small tech expert Brian Rozycki of Abt Electronics. It can be a good thing, but over time it can also make your phone’s auto-correction feature “dumb.”
You can clear out your dictionary by opening the settings app, scrolling to General and selecting Reset Keyboard Dictionary. It will wipe out any words that have been learned incorrectly, so your phone’s auto-correction function can learn new words from scratch.
4. Turn off background noise
Keeping a quiet workspace can make all the difference between a productive day and a slugfest. Whether you’re working from home, in an office or the great outdoors, background noise can be distracting and detract from your productivity levels.
One of the most effective and simple ways to keep your creative juices flowing is by turning off background noise, especially the loud stuff! Turning off the TV and phone speakers can be enough to get your head spinning, but there are several additional steps you can take to reduce distractions and ensure your creativity reaches its zenith.
5. Turn off auto-save
Auto-save is a feature in many computer applications and video games that saves your work-in-progress as you progress. This helps prevent data loss if you lose your Internet connection, power goes out, or a virus infection strikes.
You may be familiar with this function in Microsoft Word, but it is also used on many other computers and applications. You can easily turn off auto-save in a single click.
However, you should be aware that if you turn auto-save off in one application, it will not save your work if you use it in another program. This can be an issue if you want to make changes in your original document without losing them. To avoid this, you should create a backup of your files. These should be saved on a hard drive or a cloud file storage service.
6. Turn off auto-correction for emails
The AutoCorrect feature in Outlook uses hundreds of pre-configured corrections to help reduce your typing errors as you write. However, the feature can also be a hindrance at times.
Most of the time, AutoCorrect is a useful tool that can help you type faster and more accurately. But at other times, it can cause errors that can be embarrassing or annoying for the recipient of your email.
If you don’t want to get embarrassed by AutoCorrect, turn off the feature in your Word or Outlook preferences. This will disable the feature but keep your original text intact. You can do this by clicking on “Editor Options” from the menu bar, then selecting “AutoCorrect.” Alternatively, you can remove words from and add them to the auto-correction list in your Outlook settings. It’s a good idea to do this before sending an email to avoid any unnecessary spelling mistakes.
7. Turn off auto-correction for text messages
If you have any problems with text message auto-correction on your Android phone, it’s possible to disable the feature. While this isn’t ideal, it can help you avoid some awkward situations that might otherwise occur when using your smartphone.
For example, if you type lots of proper names or use a new vernacular that the built-in dictionary hasn’t caught up with yet, auto-correct can put your words in a wrong context.
You can turn off auto-correction on your Android device by going to the keyboard settings. You can access this through Gboard or by long-pressing on the comma key and tapping the gear icon.
8. Turn off auto-correction for photos
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10. Turn off auto-correction for music
Pitch correction is an important tool that can help make a track sound better, but it has its fair share of stigma. Some people seem to be quick to judge a track’s accuracy based on whether it uses auto-tune, and even vocalists may react negatively if they find out that a producer has used it. To avoid such a response, turn off the automatic pitch correction effect and use an alternative mode that is more accurate for your specific needs.
Set the sensitivity to a value that limits the correction threshold so that only notes that fall below it are corrected automatically. Choose a scale type that best suits the music (Major, Minor or Chromatic) and set the intended key for corrected material. For the best results, consider using a smaller Fast Fourier Transform size, such as 2048 or 4096.