If you’re making a list and checking it twice, organization tools should be at the top of it. Whether you’re stocking up on classic supplies or taking advantage of the latest innovations to hit the market, there are numerous options to choose from.
Busy business owners and entrepreneurs can use the holidays to acquire the latest tools and technology that will allow them to get more done in the new year. What items should be on your list this year, and how can they help you take your business to the next level? Use these six ideas to guide your company’s holiday wish list:
Mobile devices are one of the top ways busy business leaders stay connected and productive. It’s possible to integrate your schedule and email account to one device that can also be used for reading on your commute and surfing the web. Tablets are available from multiple manufacturers, so it’s possible to customize operating systems, storage, connectivity and much more, depending on what your business demands from you.
2. Bluetooth Keyboards
Bluetooth keyboards turn tablets from browsing devices into something that can be used to answer in-depth emails, write documents, create presentations and delegate tasks. Typically, a keyboard like this connects wirelessly to the tablet (as the name suggests) instantly. You can then type more easily, as well as navigate programs with simple keyboard combinations.
3. Day Planner
In today’s tech-driven world, it’s sometimes hard to imagine how the written word could be an improvement over smartphones. However, busy business owners often find it useful to keep their schedule in a written journal or planner. You may find you have better recall when writing things by hand or you simply like the flexibility to take notes without a screen. Planners are available in a variety of different formats, from motivational books to executive leather journals. You can use one to outline your daily tasks or even put inspirational quotes and stickers in it, as Entrepreneur lays out.
4. Amazon Echo
New tools that integrate smart environments with people’s everyday lives are constantly hitting the market. The Amazon Echo Dot is a voice-activated speaker that lets you ask questions, control connected home devices and accomplish digital tasks with just a few words. As a result, busy entrepreneurs are using them to get more done and effectively multitask. Try one yourself and gather research for your next presentation while you’re cooking dinner, or introduce voice controls to your office for a hands-free experience.
For many people, it’s important to see what they’re working on in its entirety and have the space to brainstorm better ways to get it done. Whiteboards provide a physical space you can use to list priority projects, capture your latest ideas and create an infrastructure that makes innovation and idea sharing easy. Choose from a range of different models and sizes, from compact versions that hang on the wall in tight spaces to a large rolling whiteboard that gives you plenty of room to write down your ideas and daily schedules.
6. Portable Hard Drives
As offices increasingly go paperless, it’s important to have access to your files when you’re on the go. While cloud storage is part of the IT infrastructure at many companies, it’s useful from a practical and security perspective to have a physical backup. Portable hard drives offer terabytes of storage affordably and can provide you access to your files even when you don’t have a connection, such as while traveling on a business trip.
Organization tools help busy entrepreneurs get more done and stay on top of their competing demands. Make sure the tools you need to take your business to the next level are on this year’s holiday list!
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