Every day, professionals get a little more mobile. And luckily for them, the modern smartphone is more than capable of keeping up.
Here are a few suggestions to help you work better on the go when you have nothing but your smartphone.
Whet your app-etite
Apps will get you from point A to point B. Do your research, download the best ones, and actually use them.
However, here are two things to keep mind:
- Don’t let apps make a mess of your phone
It’s important to keep your phone organized. Keep your most-used apps on the home screen, and try using folders to organize everything else. For example, you probably have an app for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat — but you might only check Instagram on a daily basis. In this case, keep Instagram on your home and the other three apps in a “Social” folder.
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- Don’t forget to use them
Like we said, you need to actually use the apps you download. Smartphone apps can be very useful, especially the ones that let you do things like create to-do lists, manage budgets, or scan documents. Place these apps in the proper folder and use them to better manage your work life on the go. The moment you stop using them is the moment your mobile productivity will flatline.
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Keep the lights on
Battery life is the new frontier, with smartphones trying their best to compress the maximum energy storage into an incredibly tiny space behind the screen.
To keep your battery operational, charge it in micro-bursts throughout the day. Keep it at 50-80 percent charged and avoid topping it off. Lithium-ion batteries perform better for longer when charged at this level.
It’s also a good idea to keep portable chargers on you, especially when you’re doing business far from a wall outlet.
Protect your secrets
Hackers have grown more sophisticated in the never-ending war for control over valuable data, but security tools have managed to keep pace.
Applications like Prey and Lookout can provide protection for your mobile data when you need it most. If your smartphone is stolen or lost, anti-theft apps can provide you with layered security, remotely wipe your data, and even help you track down your lost device.
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Look Ma, no hands
Voice is quickly becoming the new interface of the future. Chatbot concierges like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are able to perform more and more tasks like web search, calendar management, voice-to-text message transcription, and simple data analytics.
With in-ear speaker/microphones that can detect whispers and facial recognition for passcodes, you can schedule meetings and respond to emails while you’re driving from one place to the next. No hands necessary.
Smartphone optimization is not the end-all-be-all of business mobility. It goes much further than that. Here’s what you should also focus on:
- Cloud Computing (Check out the differences between various cloud computing platforms)
- File Sharing (View some of the most impressive benefits of file sharing)
- Collaborative Tech (Here are a few things you need to improve workplace collaboration)