There are several tools that I use to stay productive with a hectic schedule. I thought I would share a few with you and would love to hear what YOU use to keep you effective during the day.
1) iPad / iPhone
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Apple products. Why? Their products are just easy to use. They work right out of the box and I don’t have to spend time figuring out the directions. Within seconds of unpacking, the device is ready to go. That’s a huge time saver for me.
I’ve always struggled with organizational filing. I am a copious note taker, but I’ve used notebook after notebook (sometimes 2-3 at a time). I’ve also left meetings wishing that I could take the props (flip charts, photos of product, etc.) with me to reference when I reviewed my notes later.
Evernote solves all of that and more. I now can go nearly paperless by organizing all of my notes in this app, easily pull up files that are sorted into “notebooks”, and save pictures, videos, links to websites, and more into this app. I’ll detail more in an upcoming blog on the top apps for productivity.
3) Brydge keyboard
While I love the iPad, my typing skills on touchscreen are much slower than I’d like for them to be. The Brydge is a sleek wireless keyboard made from aerospace-grade aluminum that is machined and anodized to perfectly match the look and feel of an Apple iPad. In short, it quickly turns your iPad into a Macbook Air. It’s easy to use, extremely portable, and high quality.
When I travel, I’m on my iPhone a lot – making phone calls, texting, using the web, etc. and my battery life just seems to plummet. I don’t mind plugging my phone in at night to recharge, but am not always around a power source during the day to get extra juice.
The Mophie Power Pack is an external case that also serves as a charger. The phone rests on a rechargeable dock and can be activated with the simple flip of a switch. While it won’t keep you going for days, it does prove to be a lifesaver when you are running low.
5) Phillips goLITE BLU
I don’t know about you, but during the winter months, I feel sluggish and my creative level plummets. Everything outside seems to be grey, cold, and lifeless. Not exactly the best environment for productive thinking!
The Phillips goLITE BLU is a portable, desktop “energy” light that provides blue lighting similar to a clear summer sky. This light source has been clinically proven to be helpful in fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during winter months and to increase energy level all year around. Great find.
These are just a few productivity tools I use to be the most effective in my personal and professional life. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what products you’d recommend to maximize productivity.