Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
Contrary to how it sometimes feels, I am not chained to my computer all day. That said, I need to have my work available to me even when I am out and about. I do take my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with me nearly everywhere I go. The speed is amazing no matter where I am located. It is the perfect solution for me to work while I am busy away from my computer. Not only that, but it is the perfect size to fit in my purse and the display is amazing. I can show others what I am working on easily and professionally.
The problem, you may think, is how can I possibly bring my documents with me everywhere on a tablet? Or what about the stuff I do on the tablet that I need to use on my computer at a later time? How do I get it all together? The answer is simple… Google Drive!
I installed Google Drive on my cell phone, my Tab, and my computer. The concept is very simple. Any files I want to take with me are just sent (or dragged) to my Drive. Voila! All my files are accessible on all of my devices! If I have to meet a client, I can have my full media kit, my pertinent documents, and even images at the ready! Add that to the availability of internet at my fingertips and this is perfect!
The best part? I have several email addresses I work from. With Google Drive, I can separate my files according to account! So, my blog stuff can go on one, other things on another. It works great to keep family stuff separate from blog stuff! Oh, and another fab feature? If you share your documents with other people and need immediate feedback, BOOM it is there! If they change anything, you get it right away. This can be a lifesaver if you are away from work and need to get documents approved or sent in.
The other app I wanted to share with you that has helped me immensely is called Google Keep. This is another app that I have been able to add to all of my devices. Again, the concept is simple. With Keep, anything you want to remember can be jotted down on a note, documented with a picture, or placed on a voice recording.
For example, I had an idea for a blog post that I wanted to remember. Keeping it documented on a piece of paper just doesn’t work for me. Having it on my phone only means I have it only when my phone is next to me. So, with Keep, I just add my notes whether on my phone or tablet. When I need to go back and see what I was thinking about, I just pull up Keep on any of my technology and it is right there!
Recently I had a meeting in which I was brainstorming ways to work out a blog post for a company. I had all my ideas on my Keep app. I had added them on my phone throughout the days before my meeting and then brought my Tab 2 out when it was time to present them. Again, added with the internet availability, and this was a perfect use of my Tab 2. Keep allows you to choose accounts the same way Google Drive does, so once again, you can keep personal and business things separate!
I love how the Tab 2 allows me to stay organized and professional while I am out and about. Being away from my computer is no longer an issue for me. I have all I need at my fingertips!
What do you think? Can you think of ways that Google Drive and Google Keep could help you stay organized and running smoothly on the go? Have you given them a try before?