One of the best things about modern technology is that it enables us to work smart instead of just hard. With computers, tablets, and smartphones, 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. Back then they were large bulky items that did not fit in the typical shirt pocket. Today smartphones can accurately be described as pocket computers. If you are a work at home mom or an entrepreneur your phone is more than just a phone. Start treating it like the great tool it is.
Spoiler alert – there is a video summary of this article at the bottom of the page.
Your smartphone and tablet devices are amazing tools that can help you be more efficient and productive. Years ago, I ran my law office alone, in part because I had various PDA (personal digital assistant) devices. These devices synced with my computer once I plugged them in. I was more productive than other attorneys because I could get real work done anywhere. Between court hearings, I could prepare briefs and other court documents.I could work while waiting for other things to happen.
Welcome to the modern world and modern technology
Things have come quite a long way. The smartphone 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 tote bag and then use my tablet as a computer or phone. Skype on the tablet is terrific for phone calls or video meetings.
Make Smart Plans and Take Action Now – Once you have made the commitment to take action now to accomplish your goals, it is time to get SMART about accomplishing your plans. When plans or goals are SMART, they are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. Click here to read more.
I use two different tablet devices. The first is a Kindle Fire 10 inch tablet that has amazing graphics. It is great for media consumption. I also have a Win Book tablet. It 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.
You don’t have to be tied to your technology.
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. While sitting in the park, if I can get done work I feel like a winner!
Recently while traveling from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. for business I connected to the internet and work from my train seat. I was able to write blog posts, communicate with clients, and drum up new business all while sitting comfortably in my seat. I was able to get work done, did not miss deadlines and would 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 smartphones and tablet devices are tools like hammers and screwdrivers. 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 a game). 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. Set up your phone the way you want to work and use the phone and tablet as a tool not like it’s your master.
Continued on page 2. Click 2 below to continue.