Experiments in Mobile Productivity

Experiments in Mobile Productivity

So, as most of you know, I finally joined the digital age and got my first smartphone – the Verizon iPhone.  And while I’m loving Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, I’m also hoping that – going forward – I’ll be able to do enough business tasks on my fancy new phone that I won’t to haul around my heavy ass 17″ widescreen laptop while traveling!

This coming weekend will be my first major experiment in mobile productivity.  I’m road-tripping home for a long weekend to spend some much needed time with my family and old dance friends.  I’ve got about 14 hours in the car to kill, plus business tasks that need to be done whether I’m at home or on the road – and I’m curious to see how much I’ll be able to accomplish using just the iPhone.

Here are some of things I’ve got planned:

Catch up on podcasts – I love that so many people are putting out great content for free via podcasts, but I never seem to be able to get caught up on all of the ones I subscribe to!  I’m planning to kill at least a few hours of driving time catching up on this great info.

Listen to the Guerilla Influence recordings – I’m a big fan of Tyler Tervooren and his “Advanced Riskology” blog, and I was beyond psyched to pick up a copy of his “Guerilla Influence Formula” product for just $13 (thanks Tyler!!!!).  One of the bonuses that he offers with the course is a series of interviews with some of today’s top bloggers, so I’m going to try and learn as much as I can from them while I’m stuck in the neverending construction between WI and MI. 🙂

Write two guest posts – I have two guest posts coming up in the next few weeks, and I’m going to try two different strategies for developing the content while away from home.  For the first, I’ve got a bluetooth keyboard for my iPhone that I’m going to set up in a coffee shop in MI and crank out content that way.

I’m also going to experiment with recording text via a dictation iPhone app that’ll convert my spoken words into text automatically.  I’ve been testing its accuracy from different places in my car, but I’m curious to see how it does recording more than a few test phrases.  (And mom, if you’re reading this, don’t worry – if it’s too distracting to do this while driving, I’ll stop right away 🙂 )

Record the content for my next WSO – I’ve outlined the concept for my next WSO and I’m going to experiment capturing the content for this project via audio recording (which I’ll later have transcribed).

Post a Fiverr project – In the long run, I’d like my business to be location independent, and a big part of that will be figuring out how to do normal tasks away from traditional computers.  So, as an experiment, I’m going to try posting a project to Fiverr to have the ecover graphic cover for my next WSO created.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to see the whole project from start to finish remotely!

Manage Odesk providers – First of all, thank you so much to Odesk and Elance for developing iPhone apps (Guru.com – get your s*** together…)!  I have some providers working on backlinks to one of the affiliate marketing sites I’m working on, so I’m looking forward to tracking their progress and communicating with them via iPhone while I’m traveling.

Upload content to WordPress – As most of my affiliate sites are built in WordPress, being able to update them while traveling is going to be super important for me.  I have one site that’s nearly finished, and I’m going to challenge myself to upload the last few pieces of content from the road. 

Modify content on WordPress – Again, I’m excited to see how many WordPress tasks I can handle from a mobile environment, so as well as adding content to a WordPress site, I’m also going to try to modify existing content.  In this case, the test will be to set up the internal linking structure of my new site – all from my iPhone!

FTP something – Okay, I have to admit, I want to try this mostly because I can.  The fact that I can FTP files from my phone still flat out astounds me, so I’m going to use this ability to the best of my advantage by FTP-ing something (probably the Google Website Optimizer site authorization file for my new website).  I mean seriously, how cool is this stuff?!

Blog commenting – I’ve installed a feed reader app so that I can keep up with my usual blog commenting.  Just because I’m away from home doesn’t mean my business tasks take a vacation!

Tracking tasks with Remember the Milk – You guys know I use Remember the Milk to track to-do lists, but did you know that RTM has an iPhone app?!  I’ve already entered the items above into a special “Travel” to-do list, so that I can keep track of all these tasks effectively.

Click here to read the results of my mobile productivity experiments!

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10 Responses to Experiments in Mobile Productivity

  1. Benny says:

    Congrats on getting an iPhone! I’m sure you’ll love it. Good idea on getting a bluetooth keyboard. It helps so much when you’re typing a lot.

    I don’t know if you use Evernote but they have a free iPhone app that can come in handy for organizing notes.

    Not sure if Blogcast FM podcasts are on your list but great interviews there!

    Look forward to hearing how it goes afterwards. 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Benny – Thanks for the recommendations! I do have Evernote, but haven’t exactly figured out what to do with it. The keyboard has been a lifesaver!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Hi Sarah! I did find one service recently that might work well for you. With your online properties, I’m not sure how much faxing you have to do. I have been surprised, though, at how much non-Internet businesses rely on them. I recently discovered myFax.com, a site that does fax-to-email and fax-from-email with a very user-friendly process. You get a month free, and a ridiculous number of inbound and outbound faxes for $10/month. (I am not an affiliate – I just thought it was very cool.)

    I made a mental note when I found it that if I was ever going to go all-in on a mobile office, this was going to be a part of it. Since your post was basically reading my brain lately, I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

    • Sarah says:

      Barry – Thanks much! I don’t do a ton of faxing, but I’ll make a note of that service in case I need something like it in the future. 🙂

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  4. Jon says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I don’t do the smartphone thing so don’t feel bad. You weren’t the last one to climb aboard.

    So, the honeymoon phase consisted of playing Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, eh? What they need next is a controversial game incorporating both themes: Angry Fruity Ninjas. Yes?

    Ten years ago I would have never believed you about FTP using a cellular telephone. Now look at you all futuristic.

    Hm…we should exchange Fiverr notes. Time to catch up with you in the CMC forum!


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