5 Ways to Not Waste Wasted Time 

Sounds a little redundant, does it not? Hear me out first; I’m talking about making the most of your phone in moments of madness. I’m talking about when you’re in a situation where you’re forced to wait, but gasp, don’t have wifi or any service. Back to the prehistoric age we go. Whether you’re waiting in line, on a plane, or at the cottage awake before everyone else, you can actually be on your phone and still be productive. Believe it or not, social media is not the only way to waste time. Mind blowing, I know, I know.

Here are a few of my favourite phone productivity hacks:

1. Start with your photos 

Almost everyone I know has went to snap a photo only to receive the dreaded warning that no, they do not have sufficient space to do so. And of course deleting one photo doesn’t equal getting to take one (because that would be all too easy). Too often have I seen (or participated) in a scenario where a bunch of people are posing impatiently for the photo while the person who owns the phone is frantically attempting to immediately delete as much as they can to free up space. Deleting irrelevant photos while you’re waiting is a great way to avoid this.

2. Since you’re already in your photos…

Why not organize them too? Due to the mentioned above problem, I actually traded up to get a phone with more space. Mo’ space, mo’ problems. Now I have so many photos (8,458 to be exact) that when I’m looking for something, it’s almost as long a process to find it as the issue above. My solution? Folders. I have a multitude of folders that range from client photos, pictures of my dog (obviously the largest of the folders), quotes, Pinterest pics, and even old photos that are #throwbackthursday worthy.

3. To do lists

My mind is always running a mile a minute and I know it can’t be trusted to remember every detail that passes through. In moments of waiting, I use notes or Evernote to jot down to do lists. If you have a favourite app for lists, I want to hear about it!

4. Turn off your phone

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly connected. My phone is my alarm, my clock, my lifeline really. When battery gets dangerously low, to charge we go. I never, ever let it die, which is where I’m wrong. It needs to be shut down every once and a while, not solely for my sanity but for the good of your phone. Shutting it down will help preserve the battery, free up more space, allow it to function faster, and a bunch of other great tech stuff that I don’t understand. The key? Close ALL apps before shutting it down. This was a biggie for me. Since I go so long without turning my phone off, I would have 20+ apps open and running in the background, and wondering why the heck my phone was so slow. If you don’t close these before shutting your phone off, they will all reopen once you turn it back on.

5. Blog or write

I’m currently writing this while on my iPhone on a plane and to be honest, it’s when I write best. When I don’t have service, I don’t have distractions or emails coming in or social media notifications that obviously have to be checked immediately; I can actually focus. In a world where ADD is rising and our attention spans are lowering, being able to completely focus on the task at hand is like seeing a unicorn. Some tasks are alright to manage while multitasking; writing is not one of them. When the service gets going, get pen to paper. Or fingers to screen?

What are your favourite phone productivity hacks? Have you tried any of these?  

3 Ways Full House Was Actually Ahead Of It’s Time

When Full House hit Netflix in April of this year, social media networks went aflutter with reminiscence and nostalgia. The feel good show that brought you cool Uncle Jesse, dorky Danny Tanner and the 3 little ladies was back in a big way. As per typical Netflix fashion, what started out as casually watching one episode for purely nostalgic purposes, turned into binge watching an entire season in a weekend, for me at least. I’ve made my way to season 5 and you can cue all the feels. Somewhere between the feels, I couldn’t help but note some parallels with today’s millennial world:

  1. Jesse & Joey did the working from home thing before it was cool

After being offered full time jobs with an ad agency, Jesse and Joey convinced their boss to let them work from home and later created JJ Creative Services as a solution for work life balance (or perhaps lack there of) so that they could be home to help raise the kids. Although this is becoming more and more the norm in 2015, in 1989 it sure wasn’t. They identified, and provided a solution to, a major issue for working parents who wanted to stay home to raise their children but still had to bring home the bacon long before society even acknowledged it, and the internet facilitated it.

  1. Sharing Economy Redefined

The Tanners as trendsetters? You might say no way José, but they were endorsing the recently coined “sharing economy” concept long before the days of Uber and AirBnb. At one point, the entire cast was living under one roof (with regular visits from Kimmy Gibler of course), which probably is a more accurate depiction of the residential market in San Fran circa 2015, not 1989. Doing so allowed and encouraged them all to follow their dreams and pursue their respective talents (comedy, music etc.). They had the financial freedom to continue to pursue their passions and still have someone around to play Mr. Mom. Can you say the new American dream?

  1. Mary Kate & Ashley

Enough said. Regardless of your opinion on their fashion choices, it’s impossible to ignore these two mini moguls and the empire they have built. Every 80s girl loved them, every 90s girl wanted to be best friends with them, and now every millennial girl wants to dress like them. Today these gals are worth approximately $300 million and have multiple fashion lines that appease to any budget. Any show that recognized their talent so early on and gave them their start can be considered a success in and of itself.

With John Stamos confirming that a spin off show entitled “Fuller House” will be airing in 2016, a whole new generation will get to live the Tanner experience, and who knows, maybe they’ll find the next Mary-Kate and Ashley? Or better yet, the next Uncle Jesse. Will I be watching? You got it, dude!

Have you binge watched Full House on Netflix yet? Will you be tuning in to Fuller House?