Mobile & Digital Productivity — Timeless Tips

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I recently completed a project around implementing mobile productivity processes — for which I largely referred to a presentation I gave in June 2013 at the National Conference of the Institute of Management Accountants (“IMA”). The presentation — “Mobility and Digital Disruption: Best Practices for Executive Productivity” — is even more relevant today.

Here is the presentation posted to Slideshare. Below I have recapped the key takeaways from this talk. As you consider these takeaways, identify the key items you may want to integrate into your workflow!

Mobility & Digital Disruption — Best Practices http://www.slideshare.net/InvenioAdvisors/2013-06-imamobilitydigitaldisruptionslideshare

Touch navigation of document, easy access to content and hyperlinks to relevant information are key to information agility in a mobile environment.

We live in a hyper-connected, mobile world and businesses operate this way today — so be aware of opportunities! A few concepts I integrated into this presentation included:

  • Tap logos to navigate to cover page or Table of Contents page
  • Navigation button-bar to select specific sections of the presentation
  • Use of QR codes (scan with smartphone to access content) or and hyperlinks to open specific referred-to content on the web.
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Many professionals are stuck when it comes to how to proceed with changing their workflow / processes and starting to shift to digital and mobile thinking. Look around, ask how, and START — it is simple to do, albeit not easy! You will have to think differently and break some old habits — but momentum will take over and you will notice dramatic changes in your efficiency and effectiveness. These wins will continue to drive you forward!

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I think in the following “buckets” regarding apps:

  • Capture
  • Access (think “cloud” — how can I have access whenever and wherever I need it)
  • Create
  • Store & Digest
  • Share

Capture apps are those that make it easy — from your smartphone or tablet — to capture content for later use. Some of the main categories to consider are Note-taking, read-later apps, and news aggregators.

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This goes without saying, but I am still shocked by the number of times I have this conversation — mobile devices without passcode security, no backups performed, etc.

As the saying goes “you don’t need security and backups — until you do”. Don’t be the one to get caught in this trap!

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Pick an area of mobile use that will deliver the most immediate benefit to you and get started. I provided several specific use-case examples that typically resonate with mobile device users.

  • Web browsing
  • Data capture on the go, and
  • Content management

Web browsing

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Data capture (Google Docs, Forms, and Evernote)

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Content management (GoodReader PDF reader, iBooks library)

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The digital world we live in enables dramatic productivity enhancements when combined with mobile platforms. I hope you gained a few insights and opportunities to increase your effectiveness!

Is there anything you would add? Let me know in the comments!

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