Work has kindly given me a Blackberry, so I can check my email when I’m out of the office. I am in the process of writing about my new organisation system which is really working for me so I’m not keen on the Blackberry upsetting it, plus I have read quite a bit about how Blackberries become a distraction and addictive. I am not keen on either of these so I am looking for any advice on how to use a Blackberry productively.
I was given the Blackberry on Friday so I was able to spend a fair bit of time over the weekend playing with it and I have to admit that so far I am impressed. I have a newer model than I have seen before and it has loads of features. The one I am most pleased with is the web browser which enables me to view real website and even view photographs in fair quality. I can also access email folders so if I continue (trying) to keep my inbox clear while I’m out and about, plus I can access my action folder which should help me to reduce my electronic to-read list. Another bonus is the GPS and sat nav, I don’t know whether I’ll ever use it, but it means I should be sorted if I do get lost!
So far I have left the settings as standard to find out what they are like, but I may investigate how to turn off the email alert flashing LED because colleagues have told me that is what distracts them the most. Plus if I do get addicted I have already discovered the settings to automatically turn the Blackberry off at the end of the work day and on again the following morning.
I’ve had a Palm for years, but this is the first time I’ve had something which is wireless connected and I would be interested in any advice you have which will ensure it is a productivity tool and not a distraction tool.