Are you meeting someone for lunch and have a little extra time on your hands before your lunch buddy arrives? Here are some tech tools that can keep you productive even when you’re not in the office.
Smartphone – Today’s smartphones can easily do double duty as your office phone and lightweight internet-enabled PC in a pinch. If you need a little more screen real estate, opt for a tablet or ultra-light laptop instead. Check out the mobile VPN apps that will allow you to connect securely back to the office. If you're using Office 365 with SharePoint, you’re in luck—all your files are easily accessible with the SharePoint app.
Wireless Keyboard – Adding a light, wireless keyboard can make your smartphone or tablet feel and behave more like a full-featured laptop. Reply to that email with ease before your “Taco Tuesday” lunch arrives.
Portable Smartphone/Tablet Charger – Most mobile devices can power through eight hours without a midday charge. However, when your smartphone becomes your office phone for a lengthy call or mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to edit that proposal on-the-go, you may find yourself scrambling for a charge. Instead, stay calm and power-lunch on with your portable charger.
Headphones – While it might be entertaining to eavesdrop on strangers’ conversations, background noise can make it hard to focus on the task at hand. Noise-canceling headphones drown out the din allowing you to listen in on conference calls and webinars or play motivational tunes while working on projects and responding to emails. While over-the-ear headphones do a better job of canceling out noise, in-ear headphones take up less space and are more portable. Look for a pair that is compatible with your portable charger too.
Smartwatch – A great multi-tasking tool at the flick of the wrist. Not only will this little gadget keep you updated around the clock (pun intended), but it can double as your phone with Bluetooth headphones, act as an instant messaging device and much more. It can even give you directions to-and-from your dining locale—gentle vibrations alert you when it’s time to turn.
Whether your grabbing a quick lunchtime bite or taking a longer trip, these five tech tools can keep you and your team functioning on the go.
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First published in our May 2019 IT Radix Resource newsletter