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Use Technology in Ways that Work for You

 

 

One of the best things about modern technology is that it enables us to work smart instead of just hard. With computers, tablets and smart phones, there is no reason why you cannot have the information you want with you at all times. Use technology so that you work smarter and not merely harder.

Anyone can work hard with technology, it takes someone special to work smart!

Once upon a time mobile phones were called cell phones and they were large bulky items that did not fit in the typical shirt pocket. Today smart phones can accurately be described as pocket computers. If you are a work at home mom or entrepreneur with a small business like I am, your smart phone and tablet devices are amazing tools that can help you be more efficient and productive. Years ago, I ran my law office in part because I had various PDA (personal digital assistant) devices. These devices synced with my computer once I got to the computer and plugged them in. Back then, the devices did not have wi-fi or internet connectivity. This meant that the work I did on the road was separate from the work at my office until I was able to get to the computer and allow the devices to talk with one another.

Things have come quite a long way. The smart phone I currently use, doubles as a mobile hotspot for my tablet. My phone which has unlimited talk, text and data costs me less than $35 each month! This means that for a little more than one dollar per day, I am connected to all the world around me. When I am away from my office, I set my phone up as a mobile hotspot, put it in my totebag and then use my tablet for as a computer or phone (Skype on the tablet is terrific). The tablet device, I use a 10 inch Asus Transformer Pad is a lightweight device that can fit easily into a purse and be carried all day long without becoming a burden to carry like my laptop. This means I am less fatigued than I would be if I carried my full size 15 inch laptop. This is an example of working smarter, instead of just harder.

 

I am not in favor of working 24 hours a day or being connected to the outside world at all times. At the same time, I do like to make the most use of my time and not to waste my time. This means that while traveling on the train or by bus, if I can get done work I would be doing if I was in my office, I feel like a winner! Recently while traveling from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. for business I was able to connect to the internet, write blog posts, communicate with clients and drum up new business while sitting comfortably in my seat. By using my technology, I was able to get work done, did not miss deadlines an dwould not have to stay up later than I desired in order to stay on schedule. When used correctly, technology allows us to work smart and to work within a desired time frame rather than letting work control us.

Control your technology, do not let your technology control you.

You do not have to be afraid of technology and you do not have to be controlled by your technology. The first thing to remember is that technology in terms of our smart phones and tablet devices are tools like hammers and screw drivers. Your phone and tablet devices are personal devices and you should treat them as such. Do not try to use your phone the way your friends, co-workers and fellow entrepreneurs do. Instead, use your phone and tablet in ways that work for you. For example, I am a blogger, but I do not use my phone to capture all my personal moments. When I am with my family, my phone is in my purse (until the twins find it and start playing 2048). When it is time for me to work, I want to be able to get up and do the work I want, in the way I want to work. Set up your phone the way you want to work and use the phone and tablet like a tool not like it’s your master.

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  • I am the worst about unplugging. I started leaving all my devices outside the bedroom. That helps!

  • I really need to learn how to use my phone as a hotspot!

  • I've found that since I've gotten my phone/computer that I spend a lot more time doing other things instead of what I should really be doing. FB surely doesn't help me either.

  • This is a very important topic! Smart phones can take over one's life! I don't own one, lucky me!

  • I work a lot online, so I use technology so much in my life. I agree that downtime is really important!

  • This is a great message! We are pretty low-tech in our family! I'm trying to take nights and weekends off! Wish me luck!

  • I so agree. I tried to get as much work done as possible whenever I can on my phone and I am just waiting and wasting time. Then I have more time for more productive things later.

  • Working smarter is my goal! I have gotten better but haven't mastered it. I'm addicted to my iPhone!

  • I am very guilty of getting carried away with the time I spend. I'm tempted to switch to a flip phone... but they don't make many these days. Boo.

  • I like this part the most "Control your technology, do not let your technology control you." It's so true. Thanks for sharing.

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