I’m a big advocate of investing in technology that enables you to work whenever and wherever you want to. And as small-business owners, we can’t afford to not be accessible and in touch. But there’s a fine line between working smarter and creating more work for yourself. Today with tablets, phablets, smartphones and devices for every imaginable situation, simply managing the tech tools that are supposed to give us more time can suck hours out of our days.
As someone who once carried three smartphones in my purse (I’m now down to two), and currently owns two tablets and more laptops than I care to admit, TJ McCue’s tips for getting a grip on your productivity tools ring true to me.
- Think twice before you buy that new device. Will it work with what you have? What does it do that you can’t already do? Will you get enough use from it to justify the cost (and the time to learn how to use it)?
- Plan ahead. On a business trip or on the road, think about what you’ll be doing and pare down your devices so you take only what you need.
- Get organized. Sounds simple, but color-coding cords and chargers saves you tons of time. (I’m going to try this one immediately.)
- Use cloud storage and collaboration solutions that work with your device platforms and require no effort on your part to sync.
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