I’m a busy professional. From the moment my eyes open at 6am, I am already traveling 110mph. It typically starts being bombarded by a hungry kid who needs lunch for school, no less than five urgent emails, a few texts, and a missed call – I wish they would leave a voicemail.
As I stumble to the kitchen to start coffee and prepare breakfast, I look at the number to determine priority – then scan the emails and answer those with high importance. By this time the coffee is brewing, and the pan for bacon and eggs is warming. Check the text messages/social networks, and respond – then continue my day.
Why is this important? Did I mention, I sent two documents from my laptop, all emails and messages, and scheduled two meetings from my smartphone during that time preparing for breakfast?
Computer-based employees no longer need to conduct business desk-bound – unless they are developers, coders, designers, and engineers because it is more productive to operate on high processing powered machines. Even those employees can work from anywhere technically with an Internet connection. You’ll learn how below.
The following items are found on my smartphone along with over 175 additional applications used for specific tasks. These in particular are some of the most used.
Google Drive is a place to store documents, photos, music, videos, and all your digital files in one place. I use the app to check everything from my financial spreadsheet to ensure I’m within daily or weekly budgets to notes, recipes, and other business related tracking items.
If you remember the days of going to a friend’s or FedEx to borrow a scanner because yours was broken, you will appreciate this one. You can neatly organize all of your paper receipts using this app. When you are done creating a specific expense or other documented document, simply export the work as a PDF to any email address. Note: Be mindful of email space limitations most restrict file delivery over 10MB.
This is my backdoor to my computers – check with your companies IT policy before installing. I install this on all my computers so I may access them at any time from any device as long as I log in and authenticate properly. If you fail authentication too many times, it looks you out for a day. This has saved me countless times!
Social Media Suite – Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Let’s face it – you must be where your customers are to win business. There are well over 25 social media companies out there so you can judge on the best fit for your company. I use all four mentioned above because it is a great variety for different use cases. I also use others like Vine and Snapchat, but those are for fun more than for business.
Love it or hate it, e-mail access on your phone is phenomenal – unless abused by your company. I feel instantly connected with access to e-mail. If something comes in while I am at the drawing board, I know. Even though the formatting is plain, at least the communication is happening. I recommend configuring work email if you can, personal friends and family email, and your bills and sign-up email on the same device so you can manage the flow of in-bound communication.
Do you use any of these apps or have recommendations on others? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.