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I am a country girl with class! I was born in Virginia. However, my father was a jockey and racehorse owner/trainer, so I lived in Texas, Florida and Kentucky, all before moving back and settling in Virginia. I grew up playing fast pitch softball, but really began to take it more serious in high school and it got me into college at CNU in Newport News, VA, where I majored in Psychology. There I met my first husband who graduated a year before me so we moved back to Richmond, where I am from and I transferred to VCU, where I graduated. After graduation, I had my first son. I really wanted to stay home with him, so I found a job that I could work from home and turned that into a lucrative medical transcription business, which I ran for 10+ years. As the market changed and electronic medical record became the standard, I soon realized I would need a career to fall back on, which prompted graduate school. My love for writing developed as an undergrad in a general education English course. I have always been a creative person with ideas, but it was graduate school that provided a platform to express them through scholarly writing. My writing really flourished as I learned the skills necessary to publish. I now write everything, all the time. Writing has given me a voice to express myself, turn ideas into theories, and generate awareness.

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How to Spend Less Time on the Phone and Do More Work


By Sarah Knable, LPC-R


Most people are aware that our Smartphone's are a blessing and a curse. Sure we stay up to date on current events and we benefit from the convenience of having everything right at our fingertips.  However, they also happen to be a huge distraction.  Our constant reliance on Smartphones distract us from spending quality time with friends, family and perhaps most detrimental, decrease our productivity at work.  One can argue that significant phone time destroys productivity and creativity.


This distraction has become more like an epidemic and psychologists are even concerned about addiction!  Can you imagine this becoming the newest diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5); Smartphone Dependence.  How ridiculous that sounds, but the reality is more accurate than we think.  Considering one of the criteria to meet diagnoses is that it causes significant impairment in social and occupational functioning.  Starting to sound more realistic?  The issue most people are concerned over is the fact that we are becoming less and less productive because of how much time we spend on our phones.  We all want to be more productive at work, whether the job is a stay at home parent or a CEO.  So how can we spend less time on our phones and get more work done during the day?


There are several solutions to overcome this productivity thief that is our cell phones. Our phones are typically always on our person, in our handbags or right beside us. Therefore every time we get a ding, ping or chime, we feel compelled to check our phone and then the next thing we know, 20 minutes have passed.  An easy solution for this is to simply turn off our notifications.  This can be done by going into your phone's settings and clicking "Turn off notifications". Simple as that.


Another helpful solution is personal awareness.  Ever gotten your bill and gasp at the data usage?  You see that you are over your limit and cut back or you pay extra to avoid going over the limit.  Simply knowing your usage serves as a reminder to keep track of this information to help you to stay off of your phone.  Scheduling phone free periods is another option for the more organized personalities.  Removing the phone from your work zone is an option if the sight of it is too tempting, as well as turning it over, so that the screen is out of sight.  Research suggests this technique signals our brain to be less stressed and anxious. 


Make a "To Do" list. Prioritize work by making a "To Do" list that requires putting the phone down, in order to complete all the items on the list, i.e., stopping to pick up your phone would not permit the time to finish everything.  Another option is waking up earlier; say 30 minutes before your normal time to be on your phone, guilt free.  This way you can omit being on your phone during the work day. Lastly, use the Pomodoro Technique to get more things done in less time.  With this technique, you identify several tasks you want to accomplish, set a timer for 25 minutes. Accomplish one task in that amount of time.  Make a goal to accomplish three Pomodoro's a day. 

There are options to spend less time on the phone and increase productivity.  The trick is to find a technique that works for you.