Turn Commute Into Productive Time On Your Phone

The average American employee commute at least 25 minutes to work. However, more and more professionals are forced to commute over an hour to get to the office each day – and, of course, one hour back in the evening. If you’re driving, it’s a lot of full. Additionally, you need to stay focused on the road for long periods. 

However, if you’re commuting on the train, the bus or the tram, you may find yourself quietly dozing off each morning on your way to the office. If you’re lucky, you can get a seat, and you wait until you’ve reached your stop. It’s a lot of idle time in the day! While it’s not a bad thing, idle time can make your commute appear more tiresome than it actually is. Indeed, our addiction to digital technology has turned us into impatient users. We’re so used to click to get what we want that waiting for an hour or more without having anything to do can feel dull and draining in comparison. Can you turn your commute into something a little more exciting without moving out to live closer to the office? The answer is yes, and, believe it or not, all you need is your faithful smartphone device! Indeed, transforming the purposeless wait on the tram into productive time can change your perception of the daily commute. Are you ready to spice up your bus or train journey to work? Charge your phone and explore these different options: 

Relax on the go

Work is stressful. Most of us work in a hectic and fast-paced environment. It makes no doubt that the stress accumulated during your workday doesn’t disappear when you leave the office. One of the most effective stress relief remedies is to exercise regularly. Unfortunately, if you work long hours, hitting the gym after a long day at the office may not be a solution. However, you can use your commute time to de-stress. There are many entertainment options available on your phone. Don’t rush to your favorite social media platforms and instead try some video games. If you haven’t played games on your phone since the Snake games on the old Nokia, it’s time to explore what’s available in the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on whether you’re an iPhone or an Android owner. Games offer the perfect distraction from stress, and, because they demand your attention, they help your mind to move away from work-related thoughts. 

Win, big or little, as long as you win

Day after day, the same routine; it makes no doubt that the office life can be draining. For many employees, each day ends up looking just like the others. There’s no other way to put it; the routine makes everything dull. Your days have lost their excitement, and somehow you wish you could call on sick and forget about work. But you can’t, and every morning you’re heading back to the office for another day of dullness. More often than not, changing jobs isn’t going to help. Indeed, when you struggle with mental fatigue, it’s tricky to get enthusiastic about finding another office to sit in. However, you can bring some excitement to your daily commute with hot spins games. Indeed, you could set a reasonable and safe budget to play every week – for instance, you can save your lunch money by preparing your meals, and repurpose it for a few spins. The prospect of potentially winning can inject some much-needed enthusiasm into the routine. 

Keep in touch with your clients 

With a solid network of contacts, you can do almost anything. Platforms such as LinkedIn are hugely useful to make connections and build a list of professional contacts. Unfortunately, you need to invest a lot of time into the platform to gain any benefit from it. Being on LinkedIn isn’t enough to land you the next best job or to grab a client’s attention. You need to be active on LinkedIn to grow your network. So why not use your commute time to create a memorable and productive profile? Start by personalizing your connection requests. You can’t just hit the ‘connect’ button and hope for the best. Instead, visit the person’s profile and use the ‘connect’ button there as it lets you write a small note. Similarly, following up face-to-face meetings on LinkedIn, such as trade show business card exchanges or even your yoga instructor can make a great deal of difference. 

Take a course 

Who doesn’t want to boost their professional skills? However, when you can’t juggle going back to school with work, you need to find smart alternatives. Thankfully, there are plenty of mobile apps that let you learn new skills every day, directly from your smartphone. Udemy is a favorite as you can find almost any topic online. One word of advice, though, not all course materials are cheap. However, the app runs regular sales, letting you buy expensive courses for as little as $10. 

Build your online expert presence

It’s never too late to start a blog and establish your presence online. You can use a blog to promote your expertise within the industry or even to build your own business that could one day replace your office job. Some bloggers have only created a blog because they enjoy sharing their opinions and ideas. Regardless of your reason for blogging, there is a lot to gain, for your reputation, your income and your mental health. A blogging platform such as WordPress lets you create exciting posts directly from the smartphone app. You can edit your photos with an app such as Pixlr Express that enables you to adjust, correct, crop and filter your images for a consistent look. 

Run a profitable side hustle 

Last but not least, why not start a side hustle that brings a little pocket money to your household? An online selling platform such as eBay allows you to earn supplemental income by decluttering your home. You can also buy things wholesale and sell individual items on eBay. Admittedly, you need to know your market first as you might end up wasting your money on products nobody wants! 

Making the commute to and from work more enjoyable and productive can dramatically impact on your mental health. More importantly, you can use the time to boost your income, your skills and your personal image online.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Turning Phone Idle Browsing Into Meaningful Success

It’s always the same. You made a cup of coffee, sat down, and took out your phone. You just wanted to kill a few minutes until your drink gets to the right temperature. Suddenly, your coffee is stone cold, one hour has passed, and you’re late to pick up your kids. How did that happen?

Don’t worry if this sounds like a familiar situation? We are all guilty of wasting a lot of time, mindlessly scrolling down social media apps – don’t try to deny it, surveys reveal that the average user spends almost 150 minutes every day on social networking platforms – without achieving anything. Social media consumption is the number one time waster on smartphones. Additionally, it is also interesting to mention that even though you and I spend a lot of time scrolling our social media feeds, we have also reached a level of saturation. Indeed, we watch, but we don’t engage. Needless to say, it’s a brain-numbing way of wasting your time, while there are more productive things you could do with your smartphone.

Transform your use of your phone

Learn how to  make a little money on the side

The main problem with our smartphone usage is that we tend to fall into idle activities almost immediately. If you want to make conscious and more productive use of your phone, you need to focus on activities that make a difference. Using your spare time to build a profitable side hustle is a fantastic idea, for instance. There are countless of betting apps around – you need to be careful about the ones you choose. But if you know where to look, you can start a safe investment strategy with matched betting apps. Indeed, matched betting means that you are always going to earn money – it might not be as much as if you were betting on the winning team, but it also means that you’re not losing anything apart from a few cents. In the long term, it’s a profitable way of spending 15 minutes on your phone.

Schedule your entertainment

The main reason why you might want to check on your social media network is that you’re looking for something entertaining. Social media, however, isn’t the answer. If you want to de-stress on your phone, you should consider downloading some high-quality smartphone games – you can find out more about the latest games on Kiiings, which will save you aimless searching for “games” on Play Store or the App Store. Video games are renowned for their relaxing quality – at least good games. It might not seem like a productive use of your time, but releasing stress is vital to your mental and physical health.

Click your way through a new language

Who says your phone couldn’t be educational? You can boost your skills listening to podcasts, for instance. For language lovers, there are many apps available, such as FluentU and Duolingo, to learn a new language or improve your French vocabulary. Oh la la, indeed!

In the end, your smartphone is a gadget that is supposed to help you make the most out of your day. Whether you use it for investment, education, or stress management, it’s entirely up to you. The bottom line is that there is so much more it could do for you than just showing you the latest Facebook status updates of your best mates.

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Using Your Smartphone to Connect With Your Children

You don’t have to read the internet for too long before you come across an article that’s talking about the evils of the smartphone. They say that’s it disconnecting people from one another, or messing with children’s brains, or making us dumber, and so on. Like most articles, there’s a degree of truth in what they say, but they miss the mark somewhat. A simpler way to put it is this: a smartphone is a tool, and like all tools, it’s how you use it that matters, not the tool itself. If you use it properly, it can be a tool for bringing together a parent and their children, as we’ll see below. If you’re a parent, take a read. We’ve put together four ways you can bridge the gap between yourself and your little one.

Making Videos

A smartphone is about much more than watching videos on YouTube! Indeed, it’s about much more than just the applications that it can install. Let’s not forget that if you’ve got a modern phone, then you’ve probably got a camera that has more quality than you would think impossible just a few years ago. And this means you’ve got the perfect tool for making fun videos and photoshoots! Next time it’s a rainy day, use your phone to shoot the next big motion picture hit (well, that’s the idea!). You’ll love seeing your kids all creative, and so will they.

Staying in Touch

Though the phone can do some incredible things, the main purpose is to make it easy for people to stay in touch with each other. Now, it’s unlikely that your kids are going to spend long hours texting you when they could be texting their friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a digital conversation. But you should speak their language. Download the JoMojis app to your phone, and you’ll be able to send them fun emojis and stickers, whatever the occasion! It’s a fun way to stay in touch, one that they’ll appreciate.

Social Media Accounts

We give a lot of ourselves over to our social media accounts. It’s a reflection of who we are, or who we want to be! So why not join the great conversation, and connect with your kids that way? Of course, this only applies if your children are old enough to have social media accounts. You’ll gain an insight into their lives and learn what causes they’re passionate about.

Playing Games

Games have become big business on smartphones. Everyone’s got their game of choice! But instead of competing against yourself and other strangers, why not compete against your child? Some games were just made for friendly – or not so friendly – competition. If you want to make sure they’re learning at the same time, pick a game like Words With Friends, which is much more addictive and competitive than you might initially realize.

Managed properly, your phone can be a tool to get to know your children better. They’re everywhere in society anyway, you may as well put them to good use!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Switching Up My Phone Case with a jimmyCASE

IMG_6900My phone and my wallet are probably the two most important items that I carry with me every single day. My wallet is already pretty slick. I’ve been very happy with the slimJIMMY. The kids are always grabbing at my phone. So keeping it functioning is very important. Because of this I need to keep my phone in a case. I have used several different cases with my phone over the time that I have had it and I haven’t stuck with one in particular but I think I might have a favorite now.

Like I said I’ve been very happy with the slimJIMMY wallet that I have been using I decided why not try out one o f their phone cases. So I got one wooden phone case from jimmyCASE sent over and it is very slick. The wood backing is very eloquent and let me tell you about the whole aspect of using your phone case as your wallet. It is awesome. I am all about carrying less things, but there are some items that I need to have with me all of the time. They are my phone, wallet, and my keys. That’s three items that I need to remember. If I could possibly have less items that would be even better. I already keep the bare minimum in my wallet, so why not try out this wallet slash phone case concept jimmyCASE has got going on here.

IMG_6901After just a week of using the jimmyCASE I am sold on it. I have everything I need right here in one spot. Ya know, last year I lost my wallet at the pumpkin patch and someone was nice enough to turn it in. Because of how small my previous wallet was it fell out of my pocket when I got in my car. If my wallet was included with my phone it would be significantly less likely to fall out of my pocket. Matter of fact, I know it wouldn’t have fallen out of my pocket if it was an iphone wallet.

The jimmyCASE is by far the most versatile case I have used for my phone to date. The quality is spectacular and I am sold on using this case daily. However, as a dad I need to mention the two biggest setbacks with using the jimmyCASE. Let me preface this by saying that these two cons have nothing to do with how the case works or it’s design. It’s just the customer, it’s not the case, it’s me. LOL. Anyways, the two biggest drawbacks are first, if I did lose my phone, then I also lost my wallet. That would suck big time. But you can’t blame the phone case for that. Typically it’s the owner’s fault. The other setback is that when my kids are pawing at my phone I don’t need them to get cheesy puff fingers all over my wallet. What makes this not that big of a deal is how easy it is to change cases on my phone. I can easily swap out my case when the kiddos want to play a game or watch some YouTube Kids.

All in all, I am really digging the jimmyCASE. If you are in the market for a new iPhone 7 card holder definitely give them a look. Their wallet is also pretty awesome as well. But that’s just my opinion.

jimmyCASE provided St. Louis Dad with a complimentary case in exchange for a honest review. Check out www.thejimmyCASE.com for more information!

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