As Brankica recently got an iPad, I was inspired to write this article that will help her out and hopefully you as well.
In this article I won’t be specific about the apps you can choose, instead I will focus on telling you what iPad is to me and how it helped my blogging efforts and my focus in general.
In my home, there are 3 devices that I am using on daily basis. It’s iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. They all have a role in my life and it’s pretty distinctive, even though these devices can do cross related tasks. The difference in size is making diversity in usage.
I know that you will draw out inspiration from this article, as you probably have 2 out of 3 devices that I am mentioning in this article (not specifically Apple devices).
I will start with my favorite device, a phone. It is the most intimate device and clearly its main goal is communication. But general rule of thumb is that I don’t get nowhere near phone when I am at home. That is reserved for the king of the house — iPad.
The purpose of phone is to keep me connected with dear people, but also to allow me to quickly update status on social networks. Apart from communication role, it has enormous power when it comes down to capturing information.
I noticed how I don’t forget things anymore. Evernote is always there as my memory dump, and my phone is always there with me to capture moments and thoughts, as they happen. It took me a while to build a habit of capturing tasks and information, but once I did, I benefited greatly from it.
You don’t need to have a smartphone in order to achieve this, but it’s certainly making things easier. And one of the biggest roles of my phone is task management. I am using advanced apps for managing my time, like OmniFocus, and more simple ones, like iCal (Google Calendar for Android people).
Second device that I am going to talk about is my iPad. It’s the device that I spend the most of my time on. At least 50% of the time spent on it is focused on consuming content. When I refer to content I refer to web surfing and reading books in iBooks.
I allow myself to be completely distracted while I am using iPad, but that’s the reason why I don’t count actual time spent in front of iPad as work. It’s for my downtime and when I am low on energy or I simply want to entertain myself.
And last but not the least part of my household trio is MacBook Pro, soon to be replaced with MacBoook Air.
In front of the laptop I am only working. I like working with music and don’t consider that intrusive, rather beneficial to my workflow. While I am using my laptop, I don’t do the things I do on iPad.
Which means that I exclusively skip social media, email and other sorts of distractions that I allow myself on other devices. It’s strongly prohibited.
Since the task manager on my phone is in sync with my desktop, I clear my to do list and see what are the tasks that I can accomplish while I am in front of the computer.
List of activities is as follows:
- keyword research in Market Samurai,
- writing articles,
- editing articles,
- scheduling tweets in bulk in HootSuite,
- supervising automation software,
- checking blog stats and
- writing down the conclusions.
Now the best thing about this working setup is friction free environment. I am not sure how to accomplish that on other platforms, but being under the same ecosystem brought enormous benefits to my life in general.
I produce more, I educate myself more and I am getting entertained more easily. All in all, I can’t imagine it anyway differently. So let me recap the purpose of every device, once again:
- Phone is for communication, capturing information, and tasks.
- Tablet is for entertainment, watching movies, replying to email/Facebook
- Your computer is device that is designed for work.
This way you are deliberately separating work from entertainment, which will make your workplace environment extremely more productive. It’s like training yourself to do certain things on certain devices. You are conditioning yourself to do actual work, as opposed to fake work.
Now it’s your turn! How does your productivity and entertainment setup looks like? How do you improve your environment for better blogging success?
Bojan is young enthusiast, graduated Banker, who said NO to his traditional career, took a risk and made a strong commitment to develop his business online. His blog about workplace productivity offers tons of free tech tips and mind hacks on how to get more done, save yourself some time and check it out. Get a hold of him on Twitter or Facebook.