One of my 2013 resolutions is to sleep more. I work for Clever Girls Collective during the hours that the kids are in school, unplug when they get home, and hop back on the computer after they’re fast asleep to write. I enjoy the silence in the house that comes with sleeping children but it’s so easy to get distracted from freelance work when I’m also catching up with friends via social media that can also make for a very long night of working into the early hours of the morning.
I’ve resolved to streamline work tasks in order to become more efficient and disconnect from social networks when trying to meet pressing deadlines. This means resisting the urge to have Twitter open, scroll through my Facebook feed, read every message that comes up on Skype in real time, or pinning something interesting I might find online when doing research for posts.
For someone who relies on these tools for work, it’s not an easy task but my new Windows Phone 8X by HTC is helping.
Since getting the phone, I’ve customized my Start Screen with tiles that aggregate information from the social media sphere. The Start Screen on the 8X is similar to the look and feel of the Windows 8 desktop on the HP ENVY 23 Touchsmart AiO and Windows Surface Tablet with RT we already use in our home. It operates with tiles that are easily customizable so you can have everything you use most often at your fingertips.
Tiles such as Best Friends allows me to keep up with what those I’m closest to are doing. Their smiling faces from their avatar pop up on my Start Screen and tapping the app allows me to see their most recent news from Facebook and Twitter with a swipe. I can also send a group email to everyone in my Best Friends group with a tap. There’s also another feature called Family Room that allows me to create a group for family members.The People tile is another must-have on my 8X Start Screen. People pulls in the newest information from those in my Twitter and Facebook feed so it’s presented in one tidy format.
Being able to keep up with my social networks by adding tiles to my 8X has also cleaned up my desktop of the clutter that comes with having a web browser open for Facebook while Tweetdeck runs in the background. It’s definitely helped me focus on my writing since I’m tending to pick up my phone to check activities on my Tiles occasionally.
Baby steps, right?
As a member of #HTC8 #Troop8X, I received a Windows Phone 8X by HTC for review purposes. No additional compensation was received for this post and all opinions are my own.