How does one juggle all the social sites they are on as well as manage to get any other work accomplished? I know for myself, I could not survive being a mother, wife, business owner and main marketer for our company without being able to work on the go. I live completely mobile. I can truly work from anywhere–and have held virtual meetings while sitting in my car in parking lots, attended client review calls while at the airport, and I write blog posts and create video pieces from anywhere I can whip out my iPad. Answering tweets or capturing a great photo and posting immediately to Facebook for our business is a snap with the right mobile tools.
To survive the sheer amount of information we consume and contribute to, we can either chain ourselves to our desks for the next 87 years or we can make sure we have the tools in place to live a joyfully mobile life. So if you ask me, “Which is the most valuable mobile tool you have?” I would want to say my Galaxy S3 phone that allows me to use the mobile hotspot through Verizon and get a team of people on my own network, but then I would have to add my iPad that runs off that mobile hotspot from my car, near or far, in a train and in the rain, in a box with a fox and …okay you get it. I can work from ANYWHERE! I have hundreds of apps on that iPad that allow me to check website analytics in real time, blog to WordPress while sitting on top of a 14 thousand foot peak in Colorado, post tweets, Facebook updates or LinkedIn messages using Hootsuite, or entertain 8 year olds with my favorite game, Max and the Magic Marker. Apps like Dropbox allow me to access my documents, and with Sign-n-Send I can open and sign a contract before sending it back, no printing, scanning or pens needed.
However, there are some key pieces that allow me to be successfully mobile that don’t get talked about as often. They are the tools that make the magic happen, like SUPER SPEED internet service, phone service that allows me to take calls from home or forwards them to my mobile where ever I am. They are tools that may not seem as sexy to some, but they work seemlessly so you don’t spens your time frustrated with great gadgets that don’t do what you need them to do.
I switched to Verizon Wireless almost a year ago because I needed a service that could provide a family of data-hogs with a plan that made sense while allowing me to work from as many locations as possible. I needed reliable service for work and home. I was asked a few months ago to join a cool team of Verizon customers to help evaluate some of the cool products and services coming out, and that is when I discovered the FIOS products that can make any home SMART! FiOS offers super fast internet, that’s more reliable (I cannot afford to have my internet down, EVER), crystal clear digital voice service for home and office phones, and amazing digital TV products that not only bring an awesome picture quality but continue to add features that make our televisions more social. Being a tech enthusiast, I love all the new innovative products that are rolling out through Verizon with a big focus on living and working mobile. With the FiOS app on your iPad or mobile phones you can listen or watch programs on the go, turn on lights in the house while you’re gone. I need the video monitoring service to check and see if that pesky bear is tearing up my bird houses again, or more practically, if it is the UPS or FedEx delivery truck at the gate before I get up from my desk. These are just a few of the smart features that allow me to get more work done in an ever shrinking span of time.
So to live and work successfully mobile, you need a smart phone and/or tablet that allow you to get everything done that you could if you were chained to your desk AND you need a back end system that supports that ALWAYS ON lifestyle.
So if you are struggling with finding the right tools to live the mobile life, or if you have wondered if it’s worth the investment to buy that smartphone or tablet, I would recommend making a list of daily tasks that keep you chained to that desktop and then evaluate which tasks could or could not be performed away from your desk. The next time you are stuck for 20 minutes waiting for your doctor to call you in, or you are waiting at that soccer practice that was supposed to end half an hour ago, you will realize the value of working wonderfully mobile! A delayed flight is now super productivity time and a cancelled client appointment becomes great quiet time to work at the coffee shop down town. With the right tools you can stay social everywhere you want to be!
What tools help you live successfully mobile? What are the things that keep you chained to the desk?