I’ve been in Denmark during Easter and I just got back home. The vacation was fantastic, and my kids will be talking about it for months, that’s for sure. They’ve been to places like Legoland and Givskud zoo, places they’ve been watching on YouTube for a long time.
I want to tell you about two things I did during the vacation; one was writing a story about marketing with the focus on storytelling. This story is all fiction, and more or less like a short novel. I’m not finished yet, but I’m almost done with the outline and I have written most of the content. I’ll let you know more about it in a few days.
The other thing, is that I have been using my iPad a lot, and I discovered what I needed to do in order to fall in love with it.
iPad for business – What I did
I have been using my iPad for business for at least six months now, and to be honest with you, I haven’t been using it a lot. It seems that my kids have been using it more than me. But, I have been reading a lot about how other people are using it, and since I really enjoy using it, I wanted to find out how I can be using it in a more effective way and get used to using it for business.
What I did to finally start to use my iPad for business, was that I forced myself to use it every single day instead of using a laptop. Don’t get me wrong. I really love to use an iPad, but when it comes to business, I have been using my MacBook Pro a lot more. It comes naturally to me, since I’ve been using a laptop for many years.
I forced myself to use the iPad for business, and not use it to play games and reading news etc… that was what changed everything for me. I did it every day for seven days, and now I’m hooked. I know that I’ll be using it for business every single day from now on.
The reason I am so satisfied using my iPad for business, is because I’ve found some amazing apps.
Top 10 iPad Applications for Business
The iPad is tiny compared to my 17″ MacBook Pro, the screen is fantastic and the battery life is extraordinary. And it’s so easy and fun to use. I walk a lot, and instead of carrying my rather heavy laptop, I want to be able to use the iPad a lot more. That’s my motivation for using the iPad for business.
There are 10 iPad applications I use for business. Some of the applications are free and some of them are integrated, while a few of them are paid applications.
1. Adding notes and structuring them for business
I don’t use just one method to write notes. I use a MoleSkine notebook to write notes, and I use paper and napkins or whatever I can find. It all depends on where I am and what I’m doing. I also use Things on my iPhone. But, most of the time, I end up adding all my notes to Evernote. This way all my notes are in one place, and I can search them, and it’s a lot easier to use. Evernote is awesome on the iPad when you are using it for business. The notes looks great, and the screen is large and it’s very easy to structure them in a way that makes them easy to use.
I have been thinking about buying a jumbo wall calendar to do most of my planning. But at the moment, I’m using the calendar on my iPad. It works great, and it syncs with the calendar on my Mac and on my iPad. The large screen makes it so easy to get an overview and to add new meetings and plan tasks. I also combine it with the use of Things (it’s on my Mac and iPhone as well).
I have to confess that I like my email on the iPad a lot better than on my computer. I use Sparrow as my e-mail client on my Mac, and it’s beautiful, but it’s something completely different about using the iPad for email. It’s like I can touch the email, grab it, and do things that it’s not possible to do on a computer. I know that this might sound weird, but it’s a different feeling. I use the built-in email client, and it’s just awesome.
I love writing, and I have written a novel, and I’m currently writing a short fiction story about marketing and a serial killer. To outline the stories, I am using an app called MagicalPad. It’s the best outlining tool I have been using, it’s like a combination of mind maps and notes.
I haven’t been using my iPad to write complete blog posts or articles yet. But my guess is that I’ll be doing that fairly soon. I have written a lot on the iPad, but I always seems to be doing some of the writing on the iPad, but I’ll always finish the posts or the articles on my computer. On the other hand, I love writing on it, and I use iA Writer for all my writing.
6. Tasks and the to-do list
The iPad has a default notification center, and I have used it a few times. It works great, but I need to get a better overview of what I’m doing with all the different projects, so that’s why I’m currently using Things. I’m very satisfied with it, but I have been looking at a few others that I might try. To me, a system to handle my projects and to-do’s are very important. And, I’m always looking to improve the way I work.
The iPad is probably the best reading device I have ever used, well, maybe except for my Kindle. But I only use that to read books. I use the iPad to read blog posts, by using Reeder, and I add a lot of articles and blog posts to Instapaper to get an even better reading experience while I’m not online. And I have even downloaded the kindle app, so I can read my kindle books while I don’t have my kindle with me (I have previously written a post about how to find free kindle books).
8. Commenting on blog posts
I have discovered that by using Reeder for the ultimate way to read blog posts, I can also comment on blog posts via the iPad. It works great, and I do that a lot when I’m not at my computer. This makes it so much easier to read and comment while I’m on the bus, waiting for something, or whatever I’m doing (when I’m not working).
9. Social Media
I have been testing a lot of various social media managers, and I have ended up using HootSuite. I just love this manager, and the app for the iPad is brilliant. It helps me with all the various tasks I have regarding social media. I mostly use it for Twitter and Facebook. I have upgraded to the pro version, and I’m paying $5 a month.
10. Access to all my files
When I’m at meetings, I have discovered that no matter how prepared I am, I need to have access to my documents and various files. Just in case. I use dropbox and I have been using iCloud for Pages, Keynote and Numbers. So far, I haven’t had any problems at all, I have access to everything I need, no matter where I am and what I’ve been doing.
Do you use an iPad for business?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you using an iPad for business? If you are, what type of apps are you using and how are you using it? Let’s discuss it.