For those unfamiliar, working from home can be a difficult transition. Everything around you can be a distraction, and the distance from your boss and coworkers means less pressure and incentive to get things done. So it’s not surprising to see a big drop in productivity during your own quarantine period, but your cell phone can help you stay on track instead of tracking you.
With almost all Samsung Galaxy smartphones, working from home doesn’t need to be a problem. Thanks to my Galaxy S20 Ultra, the tips you’ll see help me get more done when I’m stuck at home. Hopefully, they will be able to help you when working remotely too. You don’t need to follow every tip; go straight to the part that best suits your situation.
And for my non-Galaxy Android users out there, you can still benefit from the tips below. Only a few are specific to the Galaxy. The rest will work for almost all phones running Android 9 Pie or newer.
1. Use Focus Mode
“Focus mode” allows you to pause the application temporarily. It can be activated automatically or when you need it at the push of a button. You select the application with the most distractions, and when the feature is turned on, the application will be grayed out. You will no longer be able to access it for the duration of focus.
However, you can turn it off at any time, whether Focus Mode is scheduled or not. There is also an option to “break,” which allows you to temporarily disable Focus Mode, but, ideally, you want to try your best to not stop it.
2. Use Don’t Disturb Mode
If phone calls and text messages are more of a problem, use the “Don’t Disturb” mode. You can configure DND to silence all calls, unknown callers, or contacts that are not in your favorites. The same options are also available for text messages. All other notifications will arrive automatically without any vibration or sound.
You can even configure DND so that you won’t get any instructions and warnings, which are very important when using your phone while working, by hiding its status bar icons, notification badges, and more.
3. Use the Application Timer
Personally, cutting out all distractions doesn’t help me 100 percent. Often, I need to calm my mind with something that is not related to work to calm my mind. Otherwise, I become slow as the days go by. With the “Application timekeeper” feature, I can protect myself from getting carried away while still being able to escape.
With this feature, you can set a daily time limit for the application. Ideally, you want to set a timer only for more annoying applications, such as for social media and video services. I usually set a timer for about 30 minutes so I can get my “fixes” without overdoing it. And for applications that are less annoying, I will not set a limit or set it to be an hour, if I want to get lost during lunch break.
4. Use the Exercise & Health Application
One negative aspect of working from home is how easy it is to move around. When we go to work, at least we get activity, whether it’s standing on the train or walking a few steps to your work. In addition to your overall health, staying active for a long time will damage your productivity when you become slower and slower.
During lunch breaks and after work, make sure you exercise. Use the Samsung Health application to track your steps while walking in places or around your environment. Take advantage of apps that show you how to do more than just cardio at home.
5. Set Healthy Reminders
Even though staying active during rest and after work will make the body good, you still don’t want to stay seated for more than eight hours a day. Use the calendar application to set healthy reminders such as standing every hour, walking in place several times throughout the day, and remembering to drink eight glasses of water.
If you use Samsung Calendar, by default, notifications occupy the entire screen, reducing the possibility of you just ignoring reminders. I recommend using it so you don’t ignore it. However, if a small pop-up is sufficient, you can change it.
6. Invest in a Smartwatch or Fitness Band
Another way to stay active is to invest in a smartwatch or fitness band. In addition to the initial financial investment, a fitness band or watch can make you responsible. Most watches include several fitness-related features such as tracking your heart rate, tracking steps, and more. Many will even remind you when you are active for a long time.
If you want the best compatibility and integration, see Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 ($ 269.00 on Amazon) or Samsung Galaxy Fit ($ 79.00 on Amazon). When combined with the Samsung Health application, you can get a great fitness tool to keep abreast of developments even under limited circumstances.
7. Take advantage of Samsung DeX
What if you need a work file on your cellphone? Sure, you can share them with your computer, but you can also turn your cell phone into a computer. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or newer, you can take advantage of DeX, Samsung’s mobile-to-desktop experience. The way you activate the feature depends on your unit, because Samsung has simplified the process (and cheaper) for newer smartphones.
For Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and newer, you only need DeX Cable, a USB-C to HDMI adapter to connect your cellphone to the monitor. For older devices, you should get DeX Station ($ 58.90 on Amazon) or DeX Pad ($ 99.99 for Samsung).
Once activated, DeX turns your phone into a computer. The UI changes to an experience like Windows, converts the status bar into a Windows-esque taskbar and the application drawer becomes a Start menu like Windows. When paired with a wireless mouse and keyboard, such as the Jelly Comb Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard and Touchpad ($ 32.99 on Amazon), you will forget that you are using a cellphone, allowing you to use one device to handle all work tasks. And with an external keyboard and mouse, you can navigate and type more easily, thereby increasing your overall productivity.
However, starting with the Galaxy Note 10, you can choose to use a two-end USB-C cable or a USB-C to USB-A cable to connect to your cellphone to your laptop or computer and run DeX in your computer’s operating system. When using a mobile phone in a desktop experience, you can move files between the two devices. And with both devices that can be accessed on the same screen, you can do more with less effort.
8. Linking Link to Windows
Another way to access your cellphone on a computer is to use Link to Windows. Using the Quick Settings tile, you can connect your phone to a PC that supports Windows 10, where you can set a number of specific features, including making / receiving calls (if your computer has Bluetooth), sending / receiving messages, managing photos, and more .
You can also make notifications appear in Windows Notification Center, allowing you to see warnings without having to reach your cell phone. And if you really need to use your cellphone, you can even mirror your screen to an application where you can navigate using your mouse and keyboard.