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Social Media vs. Productivity

Unpopular opinion: you can have a Facebook account and get things done. Productivity should not come at the cost of deleting social media.

 

Use social media and stay productive: is it even possible?

 

It seems these days, people are sharing strong sentiments about social media platforms – either love or cancel them. At least that’s what you see across the internet, which many believe is a true reflection of the real world – but wait a second. Is it?

 

First and foremost, a social media platform is a tool. Like any other instrument, people can use it to build or destroy – or both simultaneously. 

 

Secondly, social media can create community and bring joy. At the same time, they can also be detrimental to productivity and mental health. As you can see, it’s complicated.

 

Before participating on a social media platform, think about your intentions and define the purpose of your engagement. Does this platform serve your needs? Furthermore, can it support your goals without setting you back?

 

Social media can create connections

Social media can impede productivity

  • Keep in touch with family, friends, and co-workers
  • Shrink attention span and heighten ADHD
  • Connect with people from other environments
  • Distract you from your purpose with notifications
  • Create a front-row seat to the public opinion
  • Drive anxiety and depression
  • Entertain
  • Fuel procrastination from participating in real life

 

The platform designers build distractions into the user experience. A single notification can disrupt the deep focus needed for productivity. For example, when scrolling Facebook, each post distracts from the previous one. Moreover, automated content moves at warp speed, which forces us to multi-task to stay engaged. This gives the social media platform control of tired minds and drives behavior, therefore it’s not good for your brain (to say the least).

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

 

In 2016 Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, published a game-changing book, entitled “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.” Newport describes digital minimalism as a philosophy of technology used when users focus their online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support the things they value while happily missing out on everything else.

 

How can we apply digital minimalism to our lives to digitally detox – even a little, increase productivity, and enjoy social media?

 

  • Sacrifice the “anxious” digital entertainment. Social media uses gamification for you to “play” the platform by jumping between tags, headlines, cat photos, alerts, laughter, pain, fear, joy, anger, and invisibility.

 

  • Unsubscribe! Go through your list of subscriptions, because it’s ‘Marie Kondo’ time!  

 

  • Calendar your social media viewing and sending. Many websites and apps provide the option to schedule posts and updates.

 

  • Turn off Notifications (all the way or almost). Social media now lets audiences control notifications. In the app settings, select which type of notifications to allow and which type to trash. Then choose the times of day to receive notifications.  

 

  • Imagine unrelated clicks are paid.  Finally, our lifehack of the day: imagine you buy every idle click for $5, while the “free” clicks are reserved for your job. It is an excellent technique because, with it, you can see your priorities clear as day. Are you ready to pay $5 to watch a 10-seconds-long cat video? Do you want to like a funny GIF that bad?

 

To sum up, increasing productivity in the age of integrated work and personal life requires the intentional use of social media. With intention, feel the results of digitally detoxing when leaving behind social media anxiety.

 

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Break the Dopamine Cycle With Scripter

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Break the Dopamine Cycle With Scripter

Senstone scripter voice assistant

Scripter is a wearable voice recorder, and dopamine is a neural transmitter. The two are related in more ways than you think.

 

How to trick your brain using Scripter? And how does it work?

 

What is the dopamine cycle, and why does it need breaking? Why do so many people these days talk about it? Read on and find out.

 

Senstone Scripter

 

Dopamine is an organic chemical released by the neurons in our brain. Being a neurotransmitter, it transmits all kinds of signals. In popular culture, dopamine is sometimes known as the “pleasure hormone”, but it’s a very simplistic view.

 

It would be much more fitting to call dopamine the motivation chemical. 

 

Dopamine is released into your system when you anticipate an enjoyable event.

 

The event does not have to be anything major. Pressing a button to see a video game character shoot a blaster at aliens is just as good as witnessing your favorite team win the championship. In fact, it’s more pleasurable due to the simple reality of it being quick and easy to achieve.

 

This is where it gets dangerous.

 

The addiction nobody wants to talk about

 

Dopamine cycle is a pleasure-withdrawal loop you can develop by having too much of a good thing. Momentary pleasure increases your dopamine, which then drops, and you start craving the same activity that had caused the release of the chemical. This way, your brain encourages you to stick to the tasks you find satisfying.

And so you do it again.

And again.

One more time.

Just a bit more.

 

If this sounds like an addiction to you, then you are correct. A perfectly normal neurotransmitter can go haywire and make you associate certain things with pleasure – if you let it.

The most common “addiction” caused by the dopamine cycle?

Data.

Notifications.

Updates.

 

The intense pull to chase instant gratification brought to you by yet another view, yet another repost, yet another animation played in front of your eyes.

 

The habit is stupidly simple to reinforce, so it’s no wonder the internet is the top procrastination spot and entertainment source for most people in 2021. 

 

The good news is that experiencing the information-fueled dopamine cycle does not mean you should toss your phone out of the window and go live under a rock. The cycle can be broken, provided you create the distraction-free environment to “detox” from the stream of feel-good stimuli.

 

This is where Scripter makes its entrance.

 

A wearable recorder with no screen to speak of and a single button, Scripter can help you with the successful dopamine detox in several ways.

 

  • With Scripter, there can be no distractions. The device is physically incapable of displaying images or receiving notifications – and this is a good thing. You can hide your phone; out of sight, out of mind.
  • Stay productive while off the grid. If you find digital detox impossible due to there being just too many things you have to be working on, Scripter is your cheat code to the whole system. Now you can work without typing or even looking at the screen.
  • Long recording sessions. This feature helps you focus without jumping from memo to memo. If the focus is there, you can record a ridiculous amount of text in one sitting (source: experience).
  • Trick your brain. By making Scripter easy to use, we have also managed to make it more appealing to the dopamine-starved brain than scrolling away on your phone. We have turned the instant gratification principle on its head – and it worked!

 

As a productivity and mindfulness tool, Scripter is designed to help you reinforce only the good habits. 

  • Efficiency
  • Focus
  • Dedication
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity

 

Scripter encourages you to take notes anytime, anywhere. Create short memos and to-do lists – or record whole chapters of your newest book. Use it as a digital diary to preserve your happiest memories – or log your business meetings whenever you like.

 

If you want to learn more about Scripter, visit its page on our website. You can also go read more blogs like this one, or check out our Facebook page. If you have any further questions regarding products by Senstone, please do not hesitate to drop us a line at team@senstone.io.

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Scripter: What No Phone Can Do

Voice Assistant

Scripter, the new wearable by Senstone, can record audio and transcribe voice into text without you ever needing to reach for the smartphone.

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Let’s face it, we are bound to our phones and even though most people agree it’s a bad thing, there’s nothing we can do about it; or is there?

 

In the world of screens, updates, and notifications, Scripter is a huge step toward freedom. Where any other device would demand you to tweak a setting or switch to a different mode, Scripter does its best to remain invisible – right up until the moment you want to capture a stray thought; and then you simply tap the only button it has without looking.

 

This is nothing like my iPhone. While I may be carrying a technological miracle in my pocket, it cannot shrink to the size of a button and make it so I don’t have to get distracted.

 

So You Want To Take A Note…

Scripter

Your Phone

1. Tap the button.

1. Find the phone.

2. Speak.

2. Unlock the screen.

3. Tap the button again.

3. Find the notes app.

 

3a. Get sidetracked by notifications.

 

4. Open the app.

 

5. Spend the next 5 minutes typing a note (bonus points if you are on the move).

 

5a. Get sidetracked by contemplating your previous notes.

 

6. Save the note.

 

7. Close the app.

 

8. Lock the screen.

 

9. Put away the phone.

 

This right here is why Scripter is so good at what it does. Designed for the task of recording and managing notes, this tiny digital secretary doesn’t try to be a jack of all trades, which makes it miles more efficient than the alternative.

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As of September 2021, Scripter is in the pre-launch phase, with the prototype ready and the Kickstarter page about to go live (click here to check it out). Senstone has an impeccable track record when it comes to delivering on the promises made during the ad campaign, and the streak is to go on; powerful and innovative, Scripter is set for success. It’s going to be exactly the helper a lot of people need in their busy, hectic lives.

 

Jason Clark. As a company working to revolutionize note-taking with our wearables, they are always happy to raise awareness about the future of voice technology. Visit the Blog for more articles, subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates about their products, features or drop them a line at team@senstone.io