With the advent of technology and its ever-changing characteristics, almost all activities can be done conveniently and remotely. Mobile phones play a major and vital role in this trend. For you to make the most of said innovation, here are 10 productive things you can do on your phone.

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1. Watch documentaries and expand your perspective

Almost every smartphone user has unlimited access to different sites for watching movies or anything of the sort. To make your time more productive, however, try to limit your choices to documentaries about history or anything educational.

This does not only help you expand your knowledge. But it makes you appreciate how history shapes the world we live in today. 

Watching documentaries gives you a sense of purpose. It makes you rethink your life and what you can do to contribute to the world. 

My latest documentary watch was Halftime on Netflix, the story of Jennifer Lopez. I find her story really inspiring. What do you watch?

2. Organize your schedule using a digital calendar

Whether you’re using the built-in calendar like google calendar on your phone or you have a more stylish and aesthetic one, use it to organize your schedule. Revisit it every now and then to check if it needs optimizing.

For me, this is truly a productive way to make the best of our phones. It makes it easier to omit non-urgent activities or simply re-organize your activities.

3. Read e-books in between activities

E-books are overrated but they’re lifesavers apparently. This is one of the most rewarding and productive things you can do on your phone.

While you’re on your way to work or somewhere, it’s a go-to app to enjoy the time. When you’re also waiting for someone, you can beat boredom by going over your current read online.

Reading e-books saves you a trip to the library. You don’t even need to worry about the choices because they are endless. 

I love using Blinkist and reading summarized books on my phone while waiting for the bus or catching the train. Make use of your time and read ebooks. It’s a small thing but life-changing!

4. Track your spending habits

Sticking to your budget seems to be the motto with all of the increasing prices of commodities these days. That’s why tracking your spending habits is highly recommended. 

You can turn your lazy hour into something worthwhile. You can go over to the Play Store and download a free-spending habit tracker app. Lay out your expenditures. This way, you get a clearer picture of your expenses.

This is, by far, one of the productive things you can do on your phone. So, don’t let the day go by without tracking your expenses. 


5. Run and monitor your business

Though laptops are one of those devices you can rely on when it comes to running your business, the use of mobile phones is becoming the norm, too. The use of mobile phones to track businesses, especially small ones, has gotten popular nowadays.

With its small size, it is way more convenient than tablets and notebooks. If you need to approve anything urgently, you can easily and quickly pull out your phone and do it.

Using your phone to track your business makes you more productive. This is one good reason for you to step up your game a little higher by switching to your mobile from time to time.

6. Photograph the small things that made you happy

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There’s nothing more entertaining and inspiring than photographing small things that get you upbeat at the moment. Collect memorabilia using your phone so that later on, you can always go back to those moments and relish them.

Using your phone this way helps you see things from a better perspective. When you take photos, you change positions and look for the right angles; hence, giving you a different view of the image.

7. Listen to podcasts or audiobooks

If reading does not suit you, then listening might. Due to the internet, listening to podcasts or audiobooks has become easier. You can now have access to any audiobook platform you might feel interested in. 

YouTube has a lot of things to offer when it comes to audiobooks as well as podcasts. Look for a channel and sample one of their audios. 

Spending too much time on your phone isn’t necessarily bad. For as long as you’re doing something that would improve you, then the rest does not matter.

I love to listen to The Mindful Kind podcast. What podcasts or audiobooks do you listen to?

8. Journal your thoughts

Journaling has been therapeutic most especially for those who have a traumatizing past. It may be a hard thing to come face to face with your innermost feelings and thoughts. But embracing this activity can definitely save your mental health.

Your phone could be really your oyster. You can do anything with it. But to opt for productivity, pursue journaling if you haven’t embarked on this yet.

Journaling your thoughts is packed with benefits. It makes you more creative as you get to use your analytical side. It likewise helps you process your thoughts in such a way that it could help you think more clearly.

I use Day One, one of the best apps for journaling since it’s free and easy to use.

9. Keep yourself updated on current affairs

Use your phone in such a way that it would make you feel connected to the world. Do this by keeping yourself updated on current affairs. Know what’s happening around the world. 

I find this productive because it opens doors to opportunities. You get to align your life choices to the status quo. It’s also a way to keep you on guard and alert.

Society is quickly changing and sometimes, it’s hard to catch up. Thus, keeping ourselves abreast of the news around us helps us adjust.

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10. use social media to gain inspiration

Most of us experience the occasional slump once in a while. It’s that moment when you just want to be a couch potato. But you can probably control this by watching productive video clips of others.

Social media isn’t all that bad. If you focus on its positive side such that it could give you some inspiration, then you will be fine.

So, the next time you’re feeling lethargic or simply lazy, look for some inspiration. Social media could be the place to gain such a boost.

What productive things do you do on your phone?

Staying productive while on your phone is like hitting two birds with one stone. You don’t have to feel guilty staying online or spending too much time on it. 

While smartphones could be one of the major causes of distractions, such can be regulated by doing things that are productive. Your time is quite precious and so, you cannot afford to waste it. Thus, use your phone wisely.



  1. katrina m kroeplin

    August 17, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    i love these ideas. i love writing down my thoughts. putting them down on paper or even digital form helps me so much.

  2. Marysa

    August 12, 2022 at 4:42 PM

    These are all good points for things you can do that aren’t just time wasters. I really like the idea of these.

  3. Lesa

    August 12, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    We are so attached to our phones, we use it for almost everything these days. I am learning to phone the piano at the moment and it it my tutor.

  4. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    August 12, 2022 at 10:41 AM

    Taking photos and making a to-do list on my phone are some of the things I usually do. Those are some great ideas to keep in mind as well.

  5. Tweenselmom

    August 12, 2022 at 7:41 AM

    I store a lot of photos on my phone, so I always check my phone if it still has storage. And journaling sounds like a great idea!

  6. Neely Moldovan

    August 11, 2022 at 7:36 PM

    I love this becuase I feel like so many times sitting at appointments etc we can feel so unproductive. I love to read on my phone!

  7. Rosey

    August 11, 2022 at 4:08 PM

    Ah my oldest son called yesterday to tell me he started listening to informative podcasts during his gym time. He’s trying to cut back wasted time and invest in himself.

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