I like using my iPad to get things done because it’s very single threaded. As in, there’s not a whole lot of multitasking going on or the ability to multitask very easily. I find that using the iPad for reading, writing, email, watching Netflix, etc. is much easier because there are fewer distractions and it’s harder to switch between apps than it is on a computer browser. It almost forces me to work on the task at hand… unless I’m watching Netflix and then I’m not really accomplishing anything.
To help with this experience, here are some tips and tricks that you can use to make your iPad or other tablet a productivity machine:
- Turn off notifications
- Use an external bluetooth keyboard. Typing won’t feel like a chore and it’s easier
- Headphones! Whether you actually use them to listen to content, they will help drown out the surrounding noises
- Email is much easier! Whether you use Gmail, Outlook, or the native mail app, the threading of conversations makes it much easier to manage, archive, or delete messages.
Remove apps that are usually a time suck – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. If the apps are just a tap away, you might find yourself “taking a break” from the task that you set out to complete. If you have to go to a browser to use it, you’re more than likely not to use it.
What do you think? Do you have the same experience?