Here are 4 simple tools I’m using that help me work efficiently as a (remote) worker:
1. Google+ Hangouts for iOS
I’m not here to argue that SMS will be a thing of the past, but chat apps are clearly sleeker and better designed for phone-based, on-the-go discussion.
Yes, it doesn’t have games, and yes, it may not have customization like other apps, but Google+ has just what I need: effortless text and video for both groups and for private discussions. (It also has easy-to-setup Google Voice.) No matter if someone is a Droid or iOS user, we can message each other with a running log of the conversation in case I need to come back to it later.
2. Analytiks for iOS
Google Analytics nerds can rejoice with this sleek, user-friendly app that provides an ongoing quick look at your Google Analytics. In other words, you can see up-to-date information about where traffic is coming from on any of your sites, all right from your phone. While you can get granular and look at individual stats, you’re also able to toggle back and forth between all your sites as desired.
Its sophisticated design and layout of your website analytics is what makes it useful for the average user like me, and for companies that can have absolutely no down time, it’s a must.
When it comes to any sort of document you’re passing around with clients or your team, collecting signatures has never been easier.
If I’m working at a coffee shop or elsewhere, I have no reason I need to interrupt my day to get to a printer or fax machine. eSign by Edoc is the perfect combination of easy-to-use, and simple, but it also has features that actually add value and save me a lot of effort. My favorite eSign functionality includes the following:
Ability to bulk sign any number of documents at once
Completely secure, and also HIPAA compliant
Easy to assign signatures in a sequential order
Ability to send automatic and/or manual, friendly reminder emails when someone hasn’t approved and signed a document
Perhaps most notably, it has a minimal learning curve for the recipient who is able to receive an email, review and approve, and then sign documents from any device, and she can do so without an account already setup, unlike other platforms. Now that is a frictionless user experience.
4. Feedly on desktop, iPad, and iOS
Since we have so much information and material at our fingerprints, if you haven’t already started the process, the time is now to filter what comes your way. One way to be able to just that is through an RSS reader.
While in the past I was a Newsblur user, I’ve transitioned to Feedly. Feedly is superior for the power-user because of design, ability to load quickly/no lag time, and ease of organizing and tagging articles for later (to name a few reasons).
With more than 300 blogs in my stream at any given point (which changes over time based on content quality), I can check my unread articles in Feedly from my iPhone, iPad, or even from my desktop. I’m able to keep track of, read, and absorb all industry news I need to stay on top of, all without interruptions throughout the day as these various sources publish. Feedly not only saves me time by not having to visit each individual website again and again, but I’m able to avoid many email subscriptions, which is just more noise in most cases.
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Kim Sykes is a marketer and content creator at Edoc Service, Inc., a total virtual company. ]]>