I found myself at Starbucks this week, trying to take advantage of this precious hour I had in between meetings. It was quite noisy but this didn't bother me for too long. I quickly got my iPod ready and put on my favorite music. Then within minutes, I was setup, connected, and fully functional. This made me think about productivity on the road and the tools we use today compared to those we used in the mid 90's when many of the technologies that we take for granted today were then in their early development.
My on the go toolkit today
Laptop + Spring 3G card + iPhone + iPod (classic) + headset + paper journal + pen
And power cord, extension cord, and network cable--just in case.
When on the go internationally
Even though these are applications and services, but they play such an important role in staying connected and being productive overseas:
Add Google Voice, Skype, Skype-Out, and Skype iPhone App.
And not to forget one more useful addition to the mix the Kindle iPhone App.
How can it be optimized?
- Consolidate the iPod and the iPhone
- Would be nice to have one provider instead of two (but for now AT&T has a hold on the iPhone and offers the voice/data capabilities internationally, while Sprint has the impeccable signal in the San Francisco area).
Soon, I will write more about what this looked like in the mid 90's
What does your on the go toolkit look like today? And how can it be optimized?