In my early days as a freelancer, working meant having to sit at my desk. Now, with my smart phone and laptop, I can work anywhere I choose.
So, if I’m on a long train journey, I can answer my emails, do a bit of social media, continue with a client project, or read a blog post or two. Being out all day doesn’t mean having to spends ages ‘catching up’ when I get home.
And, as long as there is a wi-fi connection, I don’t even need my laptop. I simply take my iPad. That’s because I access all my files via the cloud, using Dropbox.
I love Dropbox. It means all my files are in one secure place and it doesn’t matter if my computer gets stolen/breaks down: my files are still safe up there in the cloud. It also means I don’t have to remember to back up my work at regular intervals.
So, technology helps us work smarter. And it also makes us more flexible. I’m writing this sitting on my sofa. But I could just as well be on a park bench, in the south of France or in a Berlin cafe.
The next time you find yourself with an invitation to visit friends in Scotland and you live in the south of England, don’t feel guilty about taking time off and getting behind with your work. Book a train seat with an electric power socket and spend the journey hard at work. And work on the way back down on Monday.
How does technology help you work harder and smarter?
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