In this episode, Lorie and I will be discussing how to embrace technology through the power of Apps—to simplify, streamline, organize and achieve personal and professional sanity.
In short: We’ll teach you how you can use apps to make your life easier.
What’s In-Store for You:
Is there an app for that?
A pretty interesting question, if I say so myself.
And the answer? With all the technology around us today—the answer may just always be a resounding “yes.”
Let’s face it: we are now living in a world that’s driven by technology. Whether it may be for business or pleasure, chances are you’re using something that’s somehow connected with computers, mobile phones, the Internet and other technological advancements.
And is that a good thing? Of course it is or certainly can be. However, in order to reap the benefits that you truly want, you need to make sure that you are controlling technology—and not the other way around.
Incidentally, the topic we’ll be talking about is apps. If you have a mobile phone, then you might have an app or two there stored on your phone.
Personally, I use apps for business and pleasure. I use it to run my businesses, as well as for keeping myself fit.
But I do have certain rules when it comes to apps though (fact: I actually delete more apps after downloading them).
I will only use apps if they make my life easier and more convenient. They have to offer something viable to me, in order to make it worth my while to download them. If not, I believe they may only become distractions instead of being tools for productivity. And as you may already know—in business, time is money.
On the personal side, I use apps for tracking my fitness. I think that’s pretty good, as having an app track your calorie intake or the miles you ran will actually make you feel accountable. It will give you that extra motivational “juice” to work harder. In effect, it motivates you to reach your goal.
For business, I like to use an app which actually centralizes the tasks that I need to do for the day (Evernote). This saves me quite a lot of time and it honestly keeps me sane as I try to handle all the tasks that I need done. Fortunately, that system works for me.
On the other hand, social media and email apps, I try to minimize using as much as possible. I only read emails 2 to 4 times a day, because I want to focus on the more important tasks. If I allow myself to be distracted because of that new News Feed I got from Facebook or a new email, trying to refocus again can be quite a hurdle.
So, to sum it all up: Is there an app for that? Probably yes. However, that doesn’t mean you need them all. Remember technology can be a very helpful tool—but it can also enslave you. In order to be more productive through the use of apps, you need to be more strategic.
So, do you want to find which app/s can help you the most? The choice is all up to you.
Highlights and Takeaways Mentioned in this Episode
- Know our top 3 favourite apps, for work and for play.
- Learn how you can use Apps to maximize your productivity (and keep your sanity at work).
- The ways to control apps—and not let apps control you.
- Learn how you can identify if a particular app can help you out (or not).
- The main reasons why syncing is very important for personal and business purposes.
- Paid apps or free apps? When should you be picking one over the other?
- Jawbone Bracelet
- Fit Bit
- My Fitness Pal
- Ring Central
- Grocery App
- Last Pass Password
- Notes Plus
- Fit Star
- Evernote Course
The Examination Room
In the Examination Room, we’ll be discussing the following quote:
“Technology won’t replace teachers…
…but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who do not”
– Author unknown
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Personally, I think this is all about embracing technology. Do not fear technology, as it can actually empower you to do better and more amazing things.
Take note: Technology can’t take away your social skills. It can’t replace your ability to “connect” with students. However, you can use it to enhance your skills, to communicate better—and to make learning a lot more fun and convenient. In short: Use technology wisely, and you will certainly become a lot better at what you do.
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Ok, so now it’s our turn, what apps do you think can help make you more productive, personally and professionally?
Please let us know by sharing your insights in the comments section below…