June 12, 2013
The evolution of technology has brought us to a place where multitasking is second nature and people are always on-the-go. Being busy is the new norm and having spare time is, well, out of the ordinary.
According to CMS Wire, the future is both mobile and social. With all the different ways to consume information, especially on the go, there is a growing need to organize it in a way that is meaningful to you. When it comes to trying to locate the address of a conference you are on your way to, one person’s top-notch organizational strategy might not be the thing you need to help you find what you’re looking for. The key is to integrate the right system into your busy life. From Geek Wire to Small Biz Technology, there are several best practices for on-the-go productivity.
I myself am a very busy person, so I’ve had some time to experiment with different strategies. Not everything worked for me along the way, but I’ve finally found the right system for me. These are my favorite strategies to stay organized and productive while on the move:
Pen and paper– I keep a small pad of paper and a pen handy in my bag. It may sound old-fashioned, but I find that its the fastest and easiest way of recording a small note, like an address or company name.
Notes app– For writing down longer notes, like to-do lists, I use a memo app on my phone. I can add to my lists at any time, and delete them when I no longer have a need for them.
One place for it all– I have all my calendars synced to my phone so I can stay on top of everything going on in my life. And I always know where my phone is: in my bag alongside my wallet and chapstick. Never lose track of the things you can’t live without.
Healthy fuel– If I’m out and about for a long period of time, like a business trip or day-conference, I always carry a small, healthy snack and water bottle with me. Nix the caffeine- that will only keep you energized for so long, and then you’ll crash.
Phone charger– I always have a spare phone charger with me in case I’m in an airport or cafe with a low battery. I also have a car charger in my center console so I can charge up my phone while on the road.
Wear a watch– So your phone, laptop, iPad and every other portable device has a clock, but it’s also good to wear a watch. With just a flick of the wrist, you can tell the time instantly.
An on-the-go app for you– My app of choice? Kona.* Right from my phone I can access all my events and important tasks using the My Kona view.
Flexibility– I don’t mean the kind you need for Yoga (although being able to work in any position is good). You can’t always control your on-the-go experience: your accounts might be acting up or you lose Internet connection completely. It’s always good to have a plan B. even if it means doing some work offline.
What are your on-the-go productivity tips? Leave us a comment below and let us know what works for you!
*I use Kona mobile on my Android, but it also available FREE for iOS.