If you’re like me, a Baby-Boomer trying to keep at least a minimal pace with the technologically savvy in the 21st century, then I have good news for you. One major nemesis for us boomers is the ever-increasing complex cell phone with all of its bells and whistles. Seriously, do you have to hold a Ph.D. to use a cell phone?
I know the Blackberry is the hot ticket right now. But for me, one of the technically challenged, the iPhone is my ticket. It’s simple to use and sophisticated enough to keep me on task with time and project management, and has helped me increase personal and professional productivity. This is all done with something called “Apps” which are simply Smartphone programs. To me, apps are my little worker bees that assist me in getting tasks done quickly and efficiently.
· When I am pulling together business correspondence, I use:
Dictionaire for quick spelling and definitions
Thesaurus for alternative words
Icon Memos to fire off a quick note
· When I need to update one of my blogs or send a tweet, I turn to:
· For task management:
SmartTime is my choice as a project management and scheduling tool
· For getting an impromptu interview recorded or saving an audio reminder for myself, there’s:
· When traveling, I find the following apps useful in helping me to navigate new environments.
Flight (a cool flight tracker)
Yelp (my favorite restaurant finder)
Maps (a Google GPS app–preloaded on iPhone)
· When I find myself with downtime, I entertain myself with:
or listen to my personalized ratio stations on
· Just for fun, it’s:
Flixster to point me to what’s at the movies, which theater, and the time of the next feature
Shazam — If you hear a song and want to know the name or the artist–SHAZAM IT!
· Oh yeah, I just downloaded a copy of “The Art of War” to read on the run from a selection of free ebooks.
There are tons of apps in 20 categories ranging from productivity to entertainment, from reference to social networking, from news to finance and education, and a lot more. These are few of my favorite “must have” apps. Try them and you’ll discover your own. And, it gets better–the ones I use are all free.