I Went To Colombia For a Month And All I Brought Was an iPad and an iPhone

I’m a compulsive minimalist and am always looking for ways to reduce the “stuff” in my life while maximizing experiences. Last month I was in Colombia for a 3 week extended trip. For the first time, the macbook was left at home and the iPad became my primary means of work for 5-8 hours of work per day. It required a bit of planning to make sure I could do all work that I expected to have to do. Skipping the obvious things like having email and cloud storage setup, here were the other things that I did:

  1. Basecamp & Pivotal Apps for keeping tabs on the team
  2. Google+ for hangouts
  3. Go To My PC so that I could login to my laptop and do whatever I needed with Photoshop and PowerPoint. I kept my laptop plugged in and turned off the auto-off power saving features. PRO TIP: Load photoshop and powerpoint on the computer before you leave, loading them using Go To My PC is time consuming
  4. TurboScan for taking scans of documents. It’s amazing how the minute you leave on a trip someone needs a document hand-completed
  5. Keep a copy of your signature in photos (I used Zen Brush to create mine) so you can attach it to digital forms. I’ve heard good things about SignEasy too
  6. Photoshop Express is a great app for quick tweaks to images without needing Go To My PC
  7. Desk.com app is absolutely necessary if you are taking care of customer service issues

I’d have written a great article about how great this setup was, but on my first day in Colombia a guy stole my iPad and I was forced to use my brother’s laptop the entire time…

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I Went To Colombia For a Month And All I Brought Was an iPad and an iPhone

One thought on “I Went To Colombia For a Month And All I Brought Was an iPad and an iPhone

  1. Adam Wish says:

    It was very impressive to see how you were able to manage on the mini PC laptop ( not Apple) in-spite of all. Personal talent, not apps etc. can over-come tough situations.

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