With all the new technology that comes out, we find ourselves moving on from our old devices and onto something better. But don’t let them collect dust in the back of your closet just yet because you may be missing out on gaining productivity.
Quick, think of what you did with your old cellphone or tablet. Did it become a useless paperweight? That might be true for many of us. But according to an article from PC World, that might be a tremendous waste. Their seven tips for making good use of old devices could really help boost your productivity. We here at AccelaWork agree that technology and productivity growth can be friends. So, we picked our favorite ingenious ideas of theirs to expand on below.
Turn your tablet into a second monitor
Do you ever have monitor envy when you walk by someone at work who has two big, shiny monitors that they work on? Well, this is where your old tablet can come in handy. Just get your hands on a display app and you’re good to go. Now you can keep an eye on incoming emails or photos without having to tab through your screens on your main monitor. Not only that, but it’s pretty easy to pack it up with you should you need to finish work at home or are traveling.
Turn your tablet into a full-blown command center
This sounds pretty epic because it totally is. iPad users can get their hands on an app called Actions, which allows you to set all your own buttons to reflect what you need to do on your PC. We all know that pointing and clicking with a mouse is definitely not as easy as just tapping a screen. Once you get used to where all the buttons are, you won’t even have to look down and your motions will be fluid. This will definitely save you some time.
Dedicate the old device to calls and video chats
Let’s be honest, not all of us have amazing computers that move at the speed of light. Be it very limited battery time or super slow processors, we all deal with sluggish technology in our lives. So why not use your phone or tablet to take the heat off of your computer? Instead of using your computer for your chat or video sessions, leave that solely to your old devices. It will put less pressure on your PC. Just make sure your device has a built in camera and you’re good to go.
Use the device as a small file server
It’s not the same amount of space you’ll get from a networked hard drive, but your old device could be the perfect storage solution for smaller files you need to keep. And as the authors point out, your old device operates on battery power and isn’t linked to your computer’s power supply, so you can have access to those files any time, anywhere. It’s like having your own personal battery-powered cloud!
Use your old tablet as a portable writing station
Too often in office settings, creatives get stuck at a terminal inside a cubicle. That’s not exactly the most conducive atmosphere for the flow of great ideas. By utilizing your old tablet for word processing/brainstorm storage, you can escape the doldrums of the cube and go somewhere more inspiring. Maybe there’s a place in the office where the sun comes in through the window, or maybe even some spot outside where you could even sit on the ground and compose. Go there and let those creative juices flow and then come back to the main terminal and upload those thoughts so you can work on them there.
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