At SimpliTek, I have employed
some strong personal productivity
tools so that I can be equipped to help my clients do the same.
Recently this came together in a really powerful way, and I want to share
it with you.
A TYPICAL DAILY BUSINESS CURVEBALL: It was a busy
Thursday and I was almost there for the breakfast meeting when my associate
called and cancelled.
THE RESULT: Instead of two hours
cooling my heels somewhere, or an unproductive round trip back to my office,
I spent the unexpected time getting some important things done. All thanks
A wireless-equipped laptop
An Internet hot-spot where I could connect
The ability to connect to and operate my office
PC using Internet remote access
The ability to synchronize Outlook with my PDA which
doubles as a phone
The ability to make and receive phone calls without even
pulling out the phone
INTERESTED HOW I
TURNED TWO HOURS OF "WASTED" TIME INTO TWO HOURS OF PRODUCTIVITY?
LET ME SHARE THE STORY WITH YOU...
So here I
was, miles from my office and two hours until my next appointment. I was
determined not to waste that time, so I pulled into the next Starbucks I saw. I brought in a few
things from my briefcase, ordered a latte’ and sank into a comfortable
chair. I turned on my laptop and immediately a wireless network connection
was made with the T-Mobile Hotspot
in the Starbucks, and the T-Mobile login page appeared. I logged in and was
immediately granted access to the Internet. I checked Outlook to see if any
new mail messages had arrived.
called up a quote I was preparing for a customer and worked on it for about
an hour. I was able to check Dell’s website for pricing on a PC from
Internet Explorer. Then I realized I had left an important file on my
computer back at the office. So, using my remote access tool GoToMyPC, I brought up the desktop
of my office PC in Internet Explorer, found the file, and transferred it to
my laptop across the Internet.
time I received a call on my Verizon Samsung
i700 Cellphone / Pocket PC. Since I was wearing my headset, I reached
down to my belt and pushed a button to start talking. The call was from a
new contact, so I created a new contact entry for the caller in
Outlook. I later placed a call by
pushing a button on the phone, then speaking the name of the person I
wanted to call into the headset. The voice dialer recognized the name and
dialed the call. Both calls resulted
in appointments which I recorded in my Outlook Calendar.
the quote and emailed it to a partner for review. By this time my next
appointment was approaching, so I pulled out a little retractable USB sync cable, attached it to my Pocket PC phone
and plugged it into the laptop. The sync software sprang to life and synchronized
my Outlook calendar and contacts with those on the PDA, adding the new
contact and new appointments. I also transferred a PDF file to the Pocket
PC so that I could refer to it without having to get out my laptop.
logged off the T-Mobile Hotspot, grabbed my things and was off to my next
If you want
to get equipped to make the most of life’s curveballs, from wherever you are, call SimpliTek and let’s get going
on improving your remote productivity tools. Technology for personal productivity
has come a long way –