When people talk about productivity and smartphones the conversation is usually about being able to stay connected or some app touting productivity. Both of these are true and are much of the reason people get a smartphone. They are wonderfully powerful devices that continue to transform the way we do things.
In a recent post about my digital personal kanban system I mentioned that I use a number of Google products in my productivity system. I use Google Calendar to sync all my work appoints and personal appoints in one convenient place. Google Tasks is a simple To-Do list I use to manage my short duration tasks. I also keep track of smaller tasks like phone calls or conversations that I my do that day.
These tools by themselves are not unique and can easily be done with paper and pencil. The simplicity of these tools make them appealing. I have been able to combine the simplicity of these digital tools and powerfully portable handheld device into a productivity tool. Here is a screen shot of my system:
The top left is where my calendar resides showing me my next 3 appointments. In the upper right corner is a digital post-it note that allows me to quickly type a note or list of things that I must do today. On the bottom of the screen is my To-Do list sorted by date. The tasks are colored coded as I mentioned before by category. This is my home screen on my phone so that it is first and foremost easily accessed.
This is my own portable visual productivity board right in the palm of my hand. How do you use your phone to increase your productivity? Share your experience in the comments of this posts.
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