Tech Tools are all around us and if you’re reading this, you get to live during the most exciting time in history.
I say that largely due to the technology surrounding us and the opportunities available for us to become informed and innovative individuals. The question is; what will you learn? And then, what will you create with what you now know?
Using Evernote, I create notes > notebooks > stacks that allow me to keep track of my ideas, meetings or information in a seamless way. Linking notes between your mobile and computer is a must so that your thoughts are accessible anytime anywhere. Forgot your device? No problem, you can log on through Evernote’s website to access your notes. I use Evernote absolutely every day and can’t suggest it enough.
F.lux is a computer app that allows you to reduce blue light on your screen. I promise, install this and you’ll never go back. Your brain will thank me and your late nights working on a laptop won’t leave you staring at your ceiling wide awake once you hit the hay.
If you aren’t using Siri on a regular basis, you’re not maximizing your iPhone as a tool. I use Siri for absolutely everything. At the moment, I’m still learning just how much Siri can do. When your iPhone is plugged in, you can also have Siri respond to the voice command “Hey Siri”, just before you make your request. Go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. You’ll need an Internet connection through Wi-Fi or cellular data. Here are some of the go-to commands I let me virtual assistant handle:
- Call John Appleseed
- Message John Appleseed Hey man comma looking forward to our meeting today exclamation mark
- Set an alarm for 5 minutes
- Set an alarm for 7 AM
- Set a 3-minute timer
- Create event Meeting with John Appleseed tomorrow at 7 AM
- Get directions to 123 Milkyway lane
- Cancel my route guidance
- Facetime Call John Appleseed
- Facetime Audio Call John Appleseed
- Create a Note – things I learned after listening to …
- Set a reminder – Call John Appleseed at 2 PM
- Play – Remember the times by Kings of Leon
- Turn off music
- Show me pictures of a baby opossum
- How many centimeters in an inch?
- Recipes for salad
The list goes on… and on. Tell me what you discover Siri can do that I didn’t list here, I can’t wait to learn from your discoveries.
I use Instagram Stories relentlessly. Not only do I use this to share and interact with my following, but I also use it as a tool to practice speaking, remember ideas, create graphics and inspire people 1-on-1. If you’re not using this application within Instagram, you’re missing out on an amazing way to interact and share with followers, potential customers, friends and the world.
Another app I use on my phone and desktop daily. This allows me to store, transfer or share large files with anyone I choose. I can assign different roles within folders, allowing some to view and others to edit. Searching for content is easy when well labeled and Dropbox can be synced to your computer as an app to easily drag and drop anything you want to access on your phone without emailing yourself. I pay $12 a month to have 1TB of space.
I hope you enjoyed a little snapshot into what drives my productivity day to day. If you found this useful, let me know and I’ll continue to post about how I hack my day to day and create a micro-world in which my ability to produce and manage content is highly effective.