Look smart at work and stay minimal
Are you an entrepreneur? Do you work freelance? Back-to-back meetings every day?
We are with you, as we are working in the same mode. We want everything simple and portable, for presentations to clients or jotting notes during meetings. Our daily work essentials are iPad, A5 notebook, a pen, and business cards. We have a few tips for you below, to help you stay organized in a minimalistic manner:
1. Make the most out of your iPad
(see our iPad-friendly clutches here)
We can actually skip the paper notebook for most of the presentations and markings. Bring less with you and the more professional impression you will give. Below are a few apps (iOS) you might find useful:
Google Photos - While Apple offers cloud photo storage as part of its iCloud services, Google Photos is also another great option worth considering for your iPad, primarily for its unlimited photo storage. Users can store an unlimited number high quality cloud-sync'd photos in their Google account, as well as up to 15GB of original resolution photos in your Google Drive space. In addition to the generous storage terms, Google Photos features a smart search tool for finding familiar objects, places and event photos — features so good that the iOS 10 version of Apple's own Photos app is adopting a similar approach. Google Photos also offers a smart album assistant and basic photo editing tools.
Any.do - It is an excellent and feature-packed app for creating to-do lists, reminders, events and other notes for getting things done. Any.do features easy task input, which can be typed in or dictated, complete with a touch interface for easily dragging and dropping tasks into various categories or for marking tasks as accomplished. Reminder notifications bring time-sensitive items or events to your attention, and syncing and sharing features let you share tasks and lists with friends, family or colleagues.
Breathe+ - Many of us are caught in high-stress environments for much of our lives, and electronic gadgets often do little to help. Apple has recognised this, promising a breathing visualization tool in iOS 10. In the meantime, Breathe+ brings similar functionality to your iPad.
Paper by FiftyThree - the app has long been one of the best iPad drawing apps, but it’s become even more versatile in the past year. The app now has diagramming and note-taking tools in addition to the standard creative tool suite it’s always had. You get a watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, pencil, marker, ballpoint pen, eraser, paint roller, scissors, and a ruler. You can even import or take pictures, and mark them up with text or drawings. All your creations are easily shared to FiftyThree’s creative community Mix, your camera roll, other apps for further edits, messaging apps, or to the social network of your choosing.
2. Keep Your Business Cards Easy-to-Reach
Business is always a card game. Put your business cards in a highly accessible place, like this pouch in your bag's specific compartment, or even in your jacket pocket. Be always ready to hand it out, as you never know who you will meet.
3. Only bring a paper notebook if you really need it
Paper notebooks might be necessary to you, depending on your industry. But sometimes it might be more eco-friendly to skip it, as most of the time you might have already marked down your reminders in your iCalendar.
Share your personal tips with us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Would love to hear from you!