What’s on your Home screen?

This question popped up in my mind during my morning breakfast. Grabbing my phone I found 6 phone notifications, 23 chats on WhatsApp,7 messages and 4 Instagram notification. Those are the four apps on my home screen. But then I new question dawned on me.What role does these apps play in shaping my morning routine?

I started by opening my WhatsApp, 20 minutes later am not even done viewing other people’s WhatsApp statuses. Top of my chat list is Phyllis with a medium articles Link about early morning productivity. I click on the link and here I am reading a 10 min read article on medium. Just at the end , another seemingly interesting article is suggested and I click on it and without know am done reading 6 articles as a result of a single link from WhatsApp.

I jump straight to my message app only to be surprised by half a dozen messages from my work colleague reminding me to send a project I was working on over the weekend in half and hour. I quickly skim through my Google drive to find the link to the project and with the help of auto paste app,am referred to Gmail account to send the link. At Gmail,I get a YouTube notification of a new subscriber and boom I’m feeling excited to open my YouTube app to check my subscriber count.

On YouTube, there’s a video recommendation of Selena Gomez new music.Gosh! Neither of these things was in my to do list. It’s been 3 hrs and I haven’t done anything you’d call “productive”
If AI can have such a huge impact on how our life plays out in the morning,how much productive can we be if we have the right apps on our home screen.

Imagine if I had a color note app to remind me of my daily affirmation and probably a Bible app to remind me of the verse of the day. What if I had Evenote to keep me up to date on the daily activities of the day. Would my morning have been a little better?

Being productive isn’t something exclusive to life coaches and the filthy rich out there. It’s something you and I can embrace by the simplest acts like changing the apps on our home screen.

Technology is suppose to make our life better. Applications are suppose to make us enjoy life. But if we allow technology to work against us and not for us, then it’s wise to assume a dangerous tread. And as a wise man once said, “Humans always have a choice” Choose wisely. Start right now my changing those apps in your home screen.

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