6 Ways Your Smartphone can Transform Your Life (for good)
We’ve all seen the headlines about how bad smartphones can be. But can these devices be used for good? Our content team investigate more.
Your phone is your best friend. You may forget to get your car keys while rushing out to work, but not your phone.
You probably spend more time with your phone than you do with your significant other! It’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. And if we’re honest, it’s the last thing you check before going to bed.
The Mobile Revolution
The first Android phone was released around eight years back, on September 23 and was named the T-Mobile G1, which eventually went on to dominate the smartphone space. The major reason behind that was the emergence of more and more advanced technology and the comfort it provides. The internet, music and games our smartphones provide are sure to keep us inside, engaging us every time we tend to get bored.
Many people have talked about the ill-effects of smartphones and there’s definitely evidence to show there is some cause for concern. However, I am not here to talk on about how bad your smartphone can be for you or your kids, but how powerful this small device could be if used for good. I have a smart plan to make your smartphone smarter and to develop you as a person, making use of that little devil in your hand. If followed the right way, it can transform you into a brighter, smarter and more organised person, a person you always wanted to be.
Don’t doubt, just give it a try. I promise you a better YOU!
Your Current Situation
You wake up in the morning, open your eyes to a new day, and here you have – your phone! You scroll through your Whatsapp chat messages and stories, text a few people and then jump on to Facebook or Instagram. There you again scroll through the newsfeeds, reply to messages, or post something new. Some of you may scroll through your Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn or even check the trending videos on YouTube. And so it goes! This continues until you go to bed, or you may be even late for bed since you choose to stay awake with your phone.
Smartphones are a part of our life, and there is no going back. So, follow a path where they can lead you to success, rather than scrolling endlessly in through at virtual world.
Downloading Free Apps
Have you heard of the Amazon Underground? For all you Android users, Google PlayStore is not your only hope to download apps. If you are an app fanatic who doesn’t want to spend any more hard-earned money on purchasing apps then Amazon Underground is for you. All you’ve got to do is sign up and you’ll get access to loads of apps totally free of charge.
The classical Greek philosopher, Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC) said that answers cannot be taught separately from their questions. Questions influence the way you think.
Quora is a unique platform for those who are interested in ‘engaged thinking’. Basically, it’s a platform to share and gain knowledge where you are allowed to ask questions and can expect quality answers back. Unlike other Q&A platforms on the internet, Quora encourages thoughtful, meaningful discussions to help people around the world share and learn together. In short, Quora feeds on your curiosity to learn and understand things.
TED organise short yet powerful talks, 18 minutes or less. They are excellent presentations that cover almost all topics ranging from science to business, to global issues – in more than 100 languages.
TEDTalks can introduce you to a world outside your own, a world of success, happiness, failures, struggles, confusions and achievements. You get to know people, their thoughts and experiences. Our mind is wired to remember stories, examples, analogies and case studies. Only by meeting new people, travelling and listening to others, will a person be able to improve their true self.
We all want our content to go viral. Sharing your content on Facebook or any other social media platform may not give you as much mileage as you imagined. And that’s why you need a platform with a larger audience who are yet to hear about the awesome stuff that you’re writing.
Everyone has a story and that story needs to be shared. The Medium allows you to share your personal life events which are powerful enough to ignite a change through article It’s a bit like social media for writers. It can also be a platform to urge others to walk the path you travelled, or a warning to prevent them from going down that path.
National Geographic / Discovery / Curiosity
The National Geographic Society has always been dedicated to inspiring people to care about the planet. Bringing out the hidden treasures and knowledge of nature, they strive to bring people closer to the earth and each other.
Discovery Communications is a mass media and entertainment company broadcasting non-fiction and real-life videos.
Curiosity Stream, a streaming app from the makers of Discovery, helps you to educate yourself on a vast selection of topics including history, civilisation and the human spirit.
Watching a video on an everyday basis on National Geographic, Discovery or Curiosity Stream will help you know your world (and maybe even fire you up to get involved with some great local initiatives to save it!) Only when you have in-depth knowledge about your surroundings will you be concerned enough to love, help and save them from further damage.
Meditation is a great way to release stress. Headspace is an app that makes meditation possible for everyone! The app expects every user to be new to the meditation world and teaches you its foundational aspects during the first ten days.
This is a plan for your mental growth – a bit like a diet where the aim is growth, not shrinkage ;) Why not give it a go yourself? Try checking out one of these tools the next time you have a spare minute instead of scrolling aimlessly through social media and notice the difference.
Believe me! It’s worth a try.