The joys of walking and getting work done at the same time

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Modern technology allows us to walk in the woods and dictate on our smartphones at the same time.  While not a new idea, it is a new discovery for me and brings relief to my work life. That’s what I’m doing right now.

A breeze is blowing, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing, and I get to enjoy all of that while I’m composing an article. This prevents me from being stuck behind a desk and sitting in a chair, exercise and fresh air at the same time, what a revelation. Instead of the acrylic smell of office carpeting and the burnt last-of-the-coffee in the break room, I am enjoying the smell of freshly mown grass.

I don’t even have to type. Siri allows me to dictate while I walk which allows me to focus on my creative ideas. I can even insert media into the post. I maintain an inventory of 28,000 photos on my phone so I have good material to work with. I’ve also been learning to use the search feature in iPhoto. I can’t believe how specific it is and helpful.

We all use our phones a lot. Everybody answers emails and texts, but how many of us take it a step further and actually DO THE WORK directly from the phone and offsite? Using two devices at once can be helpful also. While listening to a webcast on a method for recouping lost revenue in water billings I was using my ipad to dictate notes. It was great.

Bottom line, if you have a smartphone, take advantage of more of its features and get out of the office and still get your work done. You can search, do research, dictate, write, insert media and generally just be creative on the go. I haven’t tried using an excel spreadsheet–don’t know if that’s possible–but a lot of other things are.

By: Jennifer Croft

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