This blog is as much for me as it is for you (
possibly, most likely). After a long week, when I’m trying to get things done at home, the struggle is all too real. Interruptions come from everywhere; my dog (Charlotte the shih tzu), my decor (should I move that vase?), and of course my phone. Between catching up with friends and notifications, completing a task takes entirely too long.
I haven’t found all the answers on how to be more productive at home, however the Moto app is helping with my phone
obsessiondistraction. These 3 tips are an easy start to getting those chores done in a timely manner.
1. Action Control
Available on: Moto X (2nd Gen.)
This is a lifesaver for when my hands are covered in soap suds during Charlotte’s bath. She flips out when my phone rings, so this one’s her favorite. I just wave my hands and voila! The phone is silenced. This is a great feature while cooking, chilling on the couch watching a movie, or anytime you aren’t able to (or don’t feel like) answer your phone.
With this feature, found in Moto Assist, you can also activate your screen by reaching for your phone (this action is also available on the Moto X 1st Gen.). Want to know the time? Wave your hand. Want to see your last notification? Wave your hand. (Sung like, “Raise Your Hands” -Bon Jovi)
2. Hands Free Texting
Available on: Moto E (1st Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen.), Moto X (1st Gen.), Moto X (2nd Gen.)
I learned how to not break my stride! When I finally remember the name of that song my friend and I tried to figure out for hours in the middle of my household duties, I shoot over a text without taking a break with the Moto app. In the app, you can add your home address and your phone will automatically detect when you’re at home and read all of your texts aloud from the time you arrive. You can have a whole text conversation without ever touching your phone! You can either say “Ok, Google Now” or, if you have a Moto X (2nd Gen.), you can set up a personal voice command that allows you to control your phone without lifting a finger under the voice section of the Moto app. Side note, this feature can also detect when you’re driving.
3. Sleep Mode
Available on: All phones except DEFY XT
The bling of notifications is my biggest downfall. When I REALLY need to buckle down, the ‘Sleeping” feature is a must. Select “Keep quiet” to turn off ringtones.
If you’re one of the many people who gets tempted by the screen lighting up, adjust your “Sleep time” for how long you’ll need to finish up. The screen will stay dark and sounds will be muted, so no excuses. This is great for when you need to focus, or when you just want to be sure to get a great night’s sleep.
Available on: Moto G (3rd Gen.) and Moto X (2nd Gen.)
There are a few other gesture actions that are super convenient anytime. When I’m digging for my keys in my purse (which can be compared to a bottomless hole) the chop motion turns on an LED flashlight! When I want to snap a quick photo, a twist of the wrist will open up the camera. For detailed info on these features visit our Community KitKat, Lollipop. Check out the video below to see gesture control in live action.
Chime in. What do you do to stay productive at home? Let us know in the comments!