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You know that thing that you are never more than 3 feet away from, that you sleep with every night and that you check at every possible opportunity – even in bathrooms?
Yes, I'm talking about your smartphone.
Well besides your one and only, that little device can help you with SO many things. Think of it as your on-the-go productivity sidekick!
Here's some things you can do on your phone:
- Check RSS feeds. If you cringe when you see RSS, think of it as a fancy acronym for saying, a way to aggregate posts in one place. So if you follow a lot of blogs and want to read all of their posts, but maybe not have them emailed, you can throw them all in a RSS reader and see everything in one place. I use Feedly. Love it.
- Social Media. Your phone gives you a quick way to check your Facebook page and your Twitter feeds and post updates, share articles, and keep up with your tribe.
- Communicate with Clients. Especially if you don't have long emails to write or respond to, use your phone to respond to client emails, or draft new ones. And if you don't like doing all that typing, grab the Dragon Dictation app and talk it out (but make sure to edit thoroughly).
- Get edu-macated. Get an Audible account or download an Amazon Kindle app and use your phone to read (or listen) to books that you might not have time for during the day. You can learn a lot in 5-10 minute pockets of time.
- Relax. Grab the Calm app and meditate or relax. A big part of being productive is making relaxation and “you time” a part of your day. There's plenty of apps out there so open one, put the headphones in, close your eyes and be mindful.
The secret to doing more on the go is to use wait time wisely. I see wait time as those times when you are waiting for a doctor's appointment or commuting or standing in line at the grocery store (you know that could be 5 minutes right there). Think of this as bonus time to make a dent in that to-do list or learn a new skill.
So next time you are looking for ways to do more, think about ways your smartphone can help.