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My Recommendations

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Use your smartphone as a digital swiss army knife

Whether it's an iPhone, Android, or other, I've used it for all these things below. Apps change, and some of these come with the phone, so I'm just listing the uses here to get you thinking rather than endorse specific apps.

  • Alarm clock
    • use both at home and when travelling for consistency
    • use one that allows different schedules, such as 6am on weekdays only and no alarm on weekends
    • deep sleep detecting (put by your pillow and it can use the accelerometer to wake you up during a specified window of time when you're not dreaming)
  • Automatic "un" silencer
    • automatically turn off the "silent mode" after a specified time so you don't have to remember to
  • Bible
    • carry fourty translations in your pocket
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camera & camcorder
  • Cellular tower signal locator
  • Clock
  • Contact management (personal phonebook)
  • Countdown timer
  • Currency converter
  • Dictionary & thesaurus
  • Ebook reader
  • Email
  • File sharing (dropbox, etc.)
  • Flashlight
  • Games
    • classics like chess, tic tac toe, reversi, etc. are fun because they require no setup and automatically enforce any rules
  • Maps & GPS navigator
  • Metronome
  • Movie player
  • Music player
  • Night sky analyzer
  • Online banking
  • Phone
  • Photo album
    • have a family photo or two extremely easily accessible to show interested coworkers
  • QR reader
  • Social media
  • Stock monitor
  • Task list
  • Text messaging
  • Units of measure converter
  • Voicemail
  • Voice recorder
  • Timer/stop watch
  • Translator
  • TV guide
    • for when you're travelling and not in familiar home cable service area
  • Video chat (if you have a front facing camera)
  • Weather
    • current, forecast, radar/satelite maps
  • World clock
  • YouTube
  • Yellowpages (public phonebook)
More ideas:
  • Consider a "non-stock" keyboard that brings better predictive typing algorithms
  • Add a speed dial or speed email to yourself so you can easily send notes to yourself
  • Additionally, include the following in your contact list now so you have these numbers if/when you need them
    • The front desk for the building your desk is in
    • The security office that covers your building 24/7
    • Your boss's desk & cell numbers
    • Your most important coworkers desk & cell numbers
    • Occupational health or other nurse line for reporting medical absence
    • Local take out restaurants


Cover Title Author Category Links
Cultures & Organizations: Software for the Mind Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov Paradigms Amazon, Google
Design of Everyday Things, The Don Norman Design Amazon, Google
Don't Make Me Think Steve Krug Design Amazon, Google
Global Achievement Gap, The Tony Wagner Paradigms Amazon, Google
In The Beginning Was Information Werner Gitt Religion Amazon, Google
Leading Geeks Paul Glen Paradigms Amazon, Google
Religiously Transmitted Diseases Ed Gungor Religion Amazon, Google
Story of Stuff, The Anne Leonard Paradigms Amazon, Google, YouTube
Tipping Point Malcom Gladwell Paradigms Amazon, Google
World is Flat, The Thomas Friedman Paradigms Amazon, Google

Last Modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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