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Boosting personal productivity with mobile devices

The number of smart phones worldwide has now eclipsed regular mobile phones and for most of us the mobile device has become a central part of our lives which we use for doing an astonishing array of different things from socializing, to working or even watching TV.
Unlike our work computer, our mobile devices are connected to the Internet and not our corporate network, therefore they are inherently connected to the Cloud.  The mobile network in essence is the cloud.  Due to economies of scale this mobile ecosystem can sustain new business models, and this has led to innovation that we wouldn't have been achievable in the old IT landscape.
It's inevitable that with all this powerful technology so accesible our expectations of technology will start to change and we will naturally start to use it for our work.  This presents businesses with a great opportunity.  The new ecosystem can make our people more productive it can radically improve the way businesses work, and ultimately it can be a game changer enabling exciting business innovation. 

There are many considerations and challenges associated with adopting these applications in your business  such as security, management and control.  There are however some excellent low cost  applications available which can boost personal productivity.     

From a practical point of view one of the great things about mobile applications is the ability to operate across all devices.  For those of us that have a mobile phone, an IPAD/tablet and a laptop and or a desktop too, this means that your information can be easily synchronised across all of your devices.   I've come to rely quite heavily on a few of these applications and I thought I would share a couple of my favorites.


There is a version of Evernote for just about every platform.  Personally I have it on my iPAD, iPhone and Laptop.  Evernote is basically a cloud based notebook, it's beautifully simple and enables you to produce written notes, dictated voice notes, capture screen clippings, photos and more.  You can produce and access this content from any of your devices, you can even share content with others, and it's tagging system means that its fantastic for organising and finding all of your content.
I use it for the following:
  • Writing up all meeting notes.  I don't use paper at all anymore.  Evernote is easier and I know I won't loose the information
  • Dictating my meeting notes when I am driving back from meetings
  • Dictating my to-do list when I am in the car or walking the dog
  • Capturing thoughts and ideas (whenever or whever they come to me)
  • Making general notes and lists for everyday kind of things such as a shopping list or a checklist for packing for holiday.


Astrid is a Cloud based to-do list.  It provides a nice simple way of managing and categorizing everything that you have to-do in Cloud and using it on any of your devices.  It's simple, and well thought out.  For me the categorisation is the key.  When you work in a small business your regularly chopping and changing hats, categorising my activities makes me more efficient and productive by enabling me to easily segment activities e.g. work on sales activities for a few hours then switch to operations.  It has lots of cool features that help you to be more productive and it will even let collaborate with others either internally or externally.

Good review here:

Rob Leverton

Rob has worked as an IT technician and project manager with Connexion for 14 years before moving into his current role as head of the technical services team.

Although Rob comes from a technical background he’s very much a people person and he is exceptionally good at building excellent working relationships with our customers and his technical team to deliver service excellence to our clients.

Rob Leverton

James Stratton

James is passionate about technology and how it can transform business.  Having worked with hundreds of businesses in many different sectors over the last 25 years he has a huge amount of business IT knowledge that he enjoys imparting to Connexions customers.

James is responsible for Connexions strategic development and also still enjoys a role in consulting and sales and marketing