Happy 10th Birthday iPhone! How This Device Has Revolutionized My Business

Happy 10th Birthday iPhone! How This Device Has Revolutionized My Business

Me with my first iPhone đŸ™‚

It’s been 10 years.

Wow! Time sure does fly by. I remember when the iPhone first came out and how excited I was. I didn’t immediately jump on the bandwagon and go buy one. I waited awhile. Just until they had got rid of some of the kinks. Then I jumped and never looked back.

I did a post a few years back with my first iPhone. 2 posts as a matter of fact. You can read them here and here. But I wanted to revisit just how far this device has come and how it has helped me all these years in my business.

How The iPhone Has Helped Me Run My Business

Now you know I am a big fan of tech and utilizing tech to help me stay productive and organized. The iPhone has played a major role in that by helping me keep my client’s files and my own calendar at my fingertips. As well as stay sane with my music and audio books.

When the iPhone came out gone were the days where I had to lug around my client files when I went on a job. I also didn’t have to carry around a planner anymore. That was huge in my book! The best thing of all; I was able to capture my ideas and notes on the go without having to carry around sticky notes or depending on random sheets of paper.

Apps, Apps Galore!

The invention of the App Store was a game changer. With that you have no excuse for not being organized. There is literally a app for EVERYTHING! Some of my all time fave apps are Evernote, Nozbe, Asana, Dropbox, and Google Keep just to name a few. I also have apps for collecting money, monitoring my money, games and creating awesome images for my social media and website.

There is so much power in this phone. Now I know what you are saying…”What about Androids?” I hear you. I think they are great too. I had 2 androids and they worked great. I was able to find comparable apps when I made the switch. But the iPhone wooed me back. It’s just smoother and more polished in my humble opinion. AND this is a post about the iPhone so…

All in all I’m glad that the iPhone exists. Would my business be where it is today without it? Probably, but it would have taken a lot more work than it has. And frankly I don’t want to think about a world without the iPhone. So here’s to you iPhone! Thanks for making my business a lot more streamlined and productive.

What’s your iPhone story? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

GIT Podcast #021 – Are You Answering The Right Question? Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome

GIT Podcast #021 – Are You Answering The Right Question? Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome

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It’s a new year and time to evaluate some of the systems you have been using. In this month’s podcast I discuss whether or not you are asking and answering yourself the right question when it comes to getting a new app or implementing a new piece of software or system for your business and how this helps you avoid the trap of the bright shiny object syndrome.  Listen in!

Show Notes:

Don’t fall for “shiny object” syndrome! Focus on what problem does this solve for me right now in my business that this can help NOW.

  • Ask yourself “What can I use this app or software for right now?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIT Podcast #020 – How To Deal With App Overwhelm

GIT Podcast #020 – How To Deal With App Overwhelm

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I am back! Let’s get this party train rolling. This week I talk about how to avoid app overwhelm and finding what works best for you. Listen in!

Show Notes:

With so many apps out there how do you know where to start? What’s the best for you? Here are some quick tips to help you overcome app overwhelm.

  1. Pick 3 or 4 apps to start.
  2. Learn how to use throroughly. You can take a live class, read, or go to Youtube. Trial and error has also been of great help to me when learning new things.
  3. 30 days please! Tak 30 days to try out the app. This gives you plenty of time to see how it works in your life and business.
  4. Re-evaluate. After your 30 days it is time to evaluate what is working and what is not working. If you find that the app is not for you or you didn’t like it then delete it. Don’t just let it sit and linger on your phone or tablet. If you have found that it works for you and you like it then keep it and don’t go looking any futher.
  5. Stay focused! Avoid the “bright shiny object” syndrome. If you have found an app that works for you then stick with it. Don’t go looking for better, because there is always better out there. If someone mentions some new app, make note of it, but don’t go rush to download it and try it out. Stick with what is working for you.
  6. Bonus Tip: Group your apps into catergories. For example: Business, Spiritual, Reading, Email, Finance. You get the picture. Also you want to keep your most used and important apps on the front screen of your phone or tablet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone for Organization

Well, I have had my iPhone for quite a few months now and I am loving how I can keep everything organized together on it. I use my iPhone to keep my various social networking activities together, I use it for banking, I use it to read books, I use it to listen to music, I use it to access my task lists on Google, and I use it to just unwind. I am loving the Amazon Kindle app for iPhone. I find it is much easier for me to read books on my iPhone. It is weird, but it gives me a sense of accomplishment as I blast with a touch of a finger through the pages. Plus I don’t have to buy that big $200+ Kindle from Amazon. The books are much cheaper also. I also use the Pandora app. This is great for me to unwind with and listen to uninterupted music. I am also using the Evernote app which lets me keep all of my notes, voice and text, synced between the iPhone, Mac and PC. And it is free! I am able to stay on top of billing with Freshbooks Minibooks for iPhone.

I can access my PC files with the Livedrive app for iPhone. I can do mobile banking with my banks app for iPhone. I am just loving all of the things I can do to keep organized with my iPhone and not have to carry around a laptop or bulky calendars. This is just the begining. I am constantly on the look out for more of what I can do with my iPhone to help keep me organized electronically.

If you would like to always be ready for tax time let me suggest Shoeboxed. You can sign up with them to have all of your receipts and business cards scanned electronically and then organized automatically for you. And the great thing about it is they have a iPhone app where you can take a picture of the receipt right from your iPhone and it sends it to your account. You don’t even have to send in the receipt manually. How cool is that?! If you would like to learn more click the picture below to find out how you can get more organized with your receipts and business cards.


Shoeboxed.com - Scan Receipts and Business Cards

Until next time….Happy Organizing!

My Attempt at Organization with My iPhone

So I got an iPhone the other day and I am trying to set it up where I can be organized in one place. So as I go on this journey I plan to keep you updated on what works and what doesn’t. I will also try to pass along any helpful apps I am using. So here we go!

By the way I am writing this post from my iPhone using BlogWriterLite.