Sure, my phone camera (and lack of skill using it) isn’t going to get me any great photography awards. But it’s portability and ability to capture things quickly make it a great productivity tool. Here are 6 easy tips for taking advantage of your phone’s capabilities:
- Now where did I park? In a big lot or ramp, pull out your camera when you get out of the car and snap a quick shot of the nearest parking sign.
- What was that wine again? If you’re enjoying a new wine, beer, or even bottled water at a restaurant, snap a quick photo of the label. Next time you’re out shopping, you can show the nearest clerk exactly what you’re looking for.
- I think I remember you… If you’re meeting someone for the first time, and have the nerve, ask to take their picture. When you get home, add it as their user icon to your CRM tool of choice. You’ll be reminded of them every time you call, email, or set up a meeting.
- I have got to have that bag! See someone with great style? Ask where s/he found the coveted accessory and if you can take a photo of their purse, glasses, hat, shoes, whatever. When you get home you can look it up online and compare to your photo, or visit the store and ask for something similar.
- What did we decide again? Instead of lingering in a conference room and transcribing your whiteboard, grab a quick picture of the content. If there isn’t much, you can work from the photo or transcribe the text later. If there’s a lot of content in multiple pictures, you can delegate that work to your assistant, local or virtual.
- Is that a good choice? We’ve all done it. You’re at the store and see a mixer that looks pretty good, but don’t know if it’s a really a good deal for the price. Or you’re wandering through a garden and see some flowers you think would look great in your yard, but aren’t sure what they are or what kind of conditions they need to thrive. Grab a quick shot with your camera phone, email it to yourself, and when you get home you’ve got a reminder to do a little research or a photo you can forward to an expert for advice.