Technology Tip: Blogging Hack

Technology Tip: Blogging Hack

Ok so this might be a marketing hint and a tech tip combined! We are all told to blog. That it will help grow our business. But if you’re like most, you’re probably thinking, where do I find the time? This weeks tech tip is a simple hack I use to help me create articles. For many people, typing or writing, can cause writers block, or feels like an overwhelming chore. That’s where this back comes into play: Use the talk to text function on your smart phone. We all have thoughts about our business running through our heads. We all have great ideas, we can easily talk about. So why not talk to your smartphone about it? Open up your favorite note taking app. Instead of typing you will be talking. On the iPhone and Android devices there is a small microphone next to the space bar. Tap that and start talking. It will instantly be converted to text. (As long as you’re connected to the Internet – via wifi or LTE/4G it will work.) Be careful sometimes there are limits on how long you can talk before you have to click the button again. Make sure to look at your phone while talking to make sure it is typing. Once you’ve finished go back through what was typed and add any punctuation, fix any grammatical errors, and correct spelling as needed. Here are a few tips to help you:  Speak slowly and clearly  You can speak in punctuation. Saying “period”at the end of a thought should add in “.”  Don’t get discouraged if the text isn’t exact....
Technology Tip: Turn off the Distractions

Technology Tip: Turn off the Distractions

The distractions of technology.  We were told the computer would make life easier. We were told smartphones would get us organized. We were told a tablet would simplify everything.    But now? Now we have a so many devices at our fingertips that just the mere presence of them can be overwhelming!    How do you stay focused? How do you keep on task with all the pop-ups, beeps, bops, dings, and rings?   Here are 7 tips to staying focused:   1. Put your phone on silent mode.  There are several ways to do this, you can turn the volume all the way down, or you can adjust the settings to silent. The iPhone has a button on the side of the phone that you flip to turn the phone to silent mode. 2. Turn off notifications.  Most computers, tablets, and smartphones have Pop-up notifications. Take a few minutes and turn them off while your working. That could be through a “do not disturb” setting or by going into the program and turning off notifications. If you’re nervous about turning off this could be a good alternate solution, you will still receive text messages and phone calls   3. Turn on airplane mode on your phone or tablet.  This turns off all data transfer on your device. Which means you won’t receive calls, texts, or Internet notifications from social applications. This can help you focus if you are writing or recording using your device.  4. Turn off your phone.  Yes turn it off. Completely off. If you have a big presentation to complete, a few hours with your phone...