About 18 months ago I took the final steps that would allow me to continue to work (speaking and blogging) while living a very mobile lifestyle. Technology makes this reality not only possible, but remarkably easy.
Even if you have no desire to work from locations with a view like this,
chances are you could make work easier and more productive. Are you reading this from your laptop? Your tablet? Your smartphone? These devices have so many features and benefits few of us ever use. We get a new device, set it up to do the basics and most of us stop there. Sure, its overwhelming at first, but now that you have mastered the essentials, now its time to delve deeper.
Pick a day – maybe Sunday – and spend 1 hour exploring your device. Click open some of those settings and explore the many options. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just pick one new feature and try it for a week and see if it makes life easier.
See that Microphone symbol? Have you tried it? I write many of my blogs on my phone and I often use this “talk to type” feature. On my Android device it works surprisingly well. All thumbs typing on your tiny keypad? Could this feature improve your productivity?
Are you using a cloud service? I use Carbonite.com as my on line back up service. Not only do I have the peace of mind of knowing everything is backed up – even my phone – but I can access any file stored anywhere from any of my devices by using the app. How often do I need that? More often than you may think. If you’ve ever said “I’ll get that to you when I get back to my office”, this is for you! No more reminder notes or worse, forgetting! That’s both productive and customer responsive.
Technology is continuously evolving. To do business in the ever-changing world, we need to continue to evolve as well. Grab those tools you’ve invested dollars in and invest a bit of time to be sure you are getting your money’s worth!