As I shared with you in my Project Me update, Im actively seeking out technology to keep myself together and on task. My focus in January is to set myself up with tools to help me FOCUS and be PRODUCTIVE.
If that is one of your goals as well, then perhaps I can recommend the following to help:
iPad – I’ll admit, at first the iPad was nothing but a new very expensive toy. I used it mostly for games and entertainment purposes. (Angry Birds, much?) These days it is a power tool in my arsenal. I use it for Facebook updates and monitoring (clients and personal), Twitter, news and information, email account synchronization, productivity, file access and so much more.
Google Reader / FeddlerRSS – I know that I am late to the party here. I confess that in the past I used my reader sparingly. Since I invested in an iPad I now find that I can’t get enough input. I’m a subscribing maniac. I use the free Feddler RSS app for my iPad and read pretty much everywhere – walking on the treadmill, hanging out while the kids play video games, in bed, you name it. Trust me, give it a try. This will change the way you read your subscriptions.
Audible – Obviously I am an input junkie. I’m just going to put that out there right now. I probably need some therapy or professional help. If you are a multi-tasker like me then you will love Audible. I have a monthly subscription and use it to download books that center around business (well, mostly) so that I can listen while doing tasks that I would otherwise abhor. (Like laundry and dishes and well, pretty much anything that fits into the category of housework.) I’ve gotten through some amazing reads this way : Linchpin & Purple Cow by Seth Godin, Love Your Life by Victoria Osteen. Right now I am listening to ProBlogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett and Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith.
Dropbox – I need to be mobile. I need my files to be accessible. I used to think that it was impossible to sync everything together until I opened up a Dropbox account. This one little account revolutionized my work functionality. Now I can even access my files from my phone in the middle of nowhere while waiting for a soccer game to start. If you need a hub for your important files, Dropbox will save your life. You don’t need a mobile device to access this. It is web-based.
Hyper-Alerts – If you are an admin for a Facebook page (blog, client, business, etc.) you really need to sign up for Hyper-Alerts. Not only is it free but it also sends you real-time updates when people post or comment on your posts. Best thing about it? You DO NOT have to be an admin of the page to set up an alert. If you want to see who’s posting on a brand’s page or even your competitor’s page, all you need to do is enter in the url. Your days of obsessively checking are over.
Got any other recommendations? I’d love to hear how you keep it all together!