I've been thinking a lot lately about productivity.

In a way, it's become a bit of a theme for me over the past couple years: figuring out ways to tame the technology around us and make it work for our needs as opposed to just getting in our way. From the second we wake up in the morning, after all, we're surrounded by stupendous technology -- but by default, it doesn't always operate in a manner that actually enhances our lives.

That's why I'm putting together a guide to taming Android and turning your phone into a productivity powerhouse -- a device that works for you and makes your life easier instead of serving as an added distraction and siphon of your time. (Stay tuned.) Out of the box, most Android devices aren't exactly optimized for productivity. And some of the most pressing ways to resolve that revolve around scaling back what these devices do by default and turning down the noise they generate.

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