In today’s modern tech world, a girl is nothing without her smart phone. I’m sad to admit this, but honestly, I don’t know that I could go 24 hours without it. I like to think of my phone as my personal assistant (since I can’t afford to hire one…yet) and I need to be able to do just about everything from my phone from catching up on news, to keeping track of my appointments, to updating my social media, to checking email, to sending myself reminders, and so much more. And now that I’ve taken on a leadership role within my department (i.e. a promotion) and my consulting business has really taken off, it’s rare now that I’m able to tell someone off-hand what I’m doing from week to week without looking at my Google Calendar.
So if you’re like me and your phone has basically become another limb attached to your body, you probably have discovered some great apps that have helped you maintain, or in some cases, boost your productivity while you’re on the go. I know I have! So in this week’s post, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite mobile apps and give you some tips on how it can help you do it all! And the best part is, these apps are all FREE!
Evernote is one of my absolute favorite apps. I use it for just about everything that involves note-taking and brainstorming. It’s a free app, available in the Play Store (for Android users) and the App Store (for iOS users), and it allows you to take voice, text, and photo notes and organize them into notebooks. Most recently, Evernote has partnered with Post-It Note to develop an extension that allows you to scan your Post-it Notes and organize them into folders based on the color of the note. Pretty cool right?
If you work in an email-happy work place, or if you post frequently on social media for personal or business reasons, this is the app for you. There’s nothing more embarrassing than misspelling a word in a key post that you’re using to sell your latest product or typing an email to a colleague or a potential client and using a word incorrectly. These seemingly small typos can sometimes be more harmful than you think. It undermines credibility and can sometimes be the deciding factor on whether or not you make a sale. Don’t let this be you!
As a manager that oversees a college-wide department, spread out over multiple campus locations, information is frequently shared via email. I have no shortage of forms that I need to approve and sign and sometimes these matters can be extremely time-sensitive. At that point, waiting for interoffice mail just won’t do the trick and with my work travel schedule, there’s no guarantee that I’m always going to be near a computer and scanner. CamScanner has been a huge time-saver for me because it allows me to scan documents right from my home and email them in a matter of seconds.