Almost everyone has a Smartphone with an almost unlimited number of app options. The best leaders take advantage of the right phone apps. They know which ones they should have and which ones to avoid or delete. Here are some of the apps I have on my iPhone 5, they allow me to be productive and make my life easier.
Every leader should have email access on their phones. An email app allows you to quickly see, read, and send emails. I personally have 2 Gmail accounts. The first is my primary account (danblackonleadership.com) and the second is for the blogs I’m subscribed to. The reason I setup an email account for the blogs I’m subscribed to is so my primary account is not as cluttered and all the blogs I read are in one place.
Having a to-do list app on your phone can help you remember to do the things you should do or want to do. I use the app called Do! The Best Simple To Do List (it’s free/iphone only)! I suggest writing down the most important tasks you want or need to get done for that day, either the night before or in the morning. Also set reminds so you will never forget what you need to do.
I use this app on a daily basis. It allows a person to easily record or write down anything they want to remember. It’s been especially helpful for when I’m working on a project. When an idea or thought comes that is outside of what I’m working on, I capture it on Evernote. This gives me the peace of mind that it’s saved and I no longer need to think about it, allowing me to refocus on the task at hand. It’s important for leaders to have a place to capture their ideas and thoughts.
There are a variety of different social media platforms. In Social Media and Communication I wrote about how social media can help you stay connected with three groups of people; your fans or followers, with customers or clients, and in finding and developing new relationships. The key is to find and focus on the social media platforms that will best allow you to stay connected with those three groups (mine are Twitter and Facebook). Having Social media apps on your phone can help you to better stay connected.
I use Skype, Google Hangout, and FaceTime (Facetime is only for iphone users)apps for the convenience of being able to see the person while having a conversation with them. Even though it’s not in person, being able to see the person brings great value. Leaders should have several ways to connect and communicate with their people, when they are away from the office or out of town. A video chat app can allow you to do that.
An Amazon Kindle app allows a person to read Kindle edition books from their phone. This allows a leader to have multiple books on hand without needing to carry around traditional books. The downside of this, and why I only read a few books from this app a year, is that the screen/words are small which can make the book difficult to read.
My commute to work is about 40 minutes each way. I listen to audio books through my audible app on most commute days. When I listen to books I put the reading speed to 3x allowing me to listen to about 80 minutes of the content while driving one way (about 160 minutes each day). I started to be more intentional about listening to audio books at the start of the year and it’s helped me to increase the number of books I read/listen to. Audible is very affordable.
This app allows you to listen to Podcasts. I’m currently listening to more audio books than Podcasts so right now I listen to about 2-3 Podcasts a week (Though during the year it can switch). The key is to always be growing by listening to growth content, either audio books or Podcasts. A few Podcast worth checking out include:
- The Leadership Doja by Alex Barker
- The Fuel For Life by Bogdan Kipko
- Now is the Time by Caleb Suko
- This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt
- Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield
- Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas
I listen to music using my Pandora app. Pandora gives you easy access to the music you enjoy. The responsibilities of leadership can be demanding. Listening to music has the power to inspire, encourage, and nourish your life. Make sure to have access to the music you enjoy.
Questions: Do you use any of the apps I do? Can you add to the list of apps every leader should have?