I’m not the type of person who has pages and pages of apps on my iPhone — I have what is needed, and that’s it. However, along my entrepreneurial journey I’ve discovered 5 sweet little pieces of technology that have made my online business (and life) run oh-so-much more smoothly.
Here are my top 5 tech tips to rock your business and streamline your life...
I used to have all my logins and passwords saved in an Excel spreadsheet on my Mac, and before that, in a notepad in my office draw. (Totally secure, huh?!) That is, until my husband introduced me to 1Password and holy moly my life changed forever. Gone are the days of forgetting which password goes with which account, or having random strings of digits written on little bits of paper all over the house. 1Password can be synced to your computer and phone so you won’t ever forget again — it’s brilliant! Ultimately, the goal of apps is to make your life as easy as possible, and this lil’ gem does exactly that.
I used to have to-do lists coming out of my ears — scrawled on note pads or the backs of envelopes, basically whatever happened to be lying next to me at the time. Heck, I had fluoro Post-It notes stuck up on every surface of my office and house. Now, everything is stored in this one handy app called Things. Again, you can link it to your computer and phone, which makes staying organised even easier. And a cool bonus is that if I need to remind my husband to pick something up or do something, I can just add it to his Things account. If getting organised and motivated floats your boat, you can also read Getting Things Done by David Allen, which is a great book on how to manage your to-do list and pump up your productivity.
3. Google Drive
I run my entire business from Google Drive. It’s the best! My team all have access to the drive. Gone are the days of back and forth emails and files going missing — with everything stored in Google Drive you can’t miss a thing. Plus you can assign access rights to folders and documents to different people, which makes collaborating with contractors and running your business not only a breeze, but secure too.
I use Evernote for everything — writing blog posts, storing travel documents, filing recipes and much, much more. Again, like all the apps mentioned above, you can sync Evernote to your phone and computer, which is super-useful when you’re out and about and an awesome blog title pops into your head or your next big project idea comes flowing through you.
Forget about taking ten minutes to type a text — Voxer allows you to send voice messages to people in an instant. My entire team are on Voxer and it makes life so much easier. I also send little voice notes to myself if I need to remember something or an awesome idea pops into my head whilst I’m on the go. I also use Voxer with my besties — it’s so much fun to surprise them with a little sound-bite, and hear the smile in their voice.
Hot Tip - Keep an eye out for Apple's upcoming iOS 8.0 release which will include similar walkie-talkie functionality right within iMessage. Now that's streamlined.
It's so easy to get overwhelmed with technology. But they way I see it is that these golden nuggets of engineering support you to move through each day with a little more ease and grace.
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