With iOS becoming more and more predominant in the business sector, thanks to the downfall of Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, staying productive with Apple’s little wonder can be a challenge especially when there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps. In this article we will explore some best practices as well as apps that you can use to boost productivity while using the iPhone.
The very first step to being productive is proper time management. While the built in tasks manager is nice for simple tasks and the likes, you can always sync your Outlook, Facebook, Gmail and other calendars with iOS built in calendar app. If you need to sync it with your work calendar, your company’s IT department will be more than happy to help. Once you have a proper schedule up and running you can always edit your calendar on a regular computer and have the updates pushed to your iOS device.
All work related phones need a powerful productivity suite. Thankfully iOS has quite a few good choices from the popular Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Apple to Office2 Plus and other third party apps. Word on the street is Microsoft will finally release a version of Office for iOS this year, but until then the options available are adequate. The reason we personally love Office2 Plus is because it allows us to sync with our cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, myDisk, SkyDrive, Box.com and others.
Speaking of cloud services, Apple does not have a user accessible file system like Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. What this means is you cannot drag documents, installers and other non-media type files from your computer to your phone. In order to store these types of files, or have access to them, on your iOS device, you need a cloud service such as what we mentioned previously or you should use a file manager.
Although you can print from your iPhone, chances are you may want to use a computer to run a Macro or some other advanced feature as well as putting some final touches to that spreadsheet or presentation before presenting it. Thanks to services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and others, you can edit documents on your iOS device, upload them to the cloud and access them on any web connected device, such as a Windows based PC, Mac, Android, BlackBerry or other device. This really allows those who commute a lot to stay productive while on a train, bus, plane or car.
With a file manager you can carry all your important files with you even if iTunes does not support it. Using a Wi-Fi connection or downloading them from the internet, a File Manager can be used to carry CAD files, Visio files, MIDI, ZIP and RAR files without the need for a thumb drive. You can always email the file or upload it to a server from the file manager. Our favorite file manager thus far is “File Manager for our iOS device.