This post was updated on May 1, 2016.
When you find simple solutions — like voice memos — to tackle the most annoying day-to-day problems, you feel like a rock star! Well, I do.
Afterall, when things are simple, life is just easier. Using a process that is simple and has few steps to follow usually means that you can execute an action more quickly. This translates into better time management and increased productivity.
Today’s post shares how voice memos can help you do just that.
Voice Memos Help You Remember Everything
One of the issues that come up for small business owners and solopreneurs is remembering to do everything. That’s impossible, so it’s best to delegate some tasks.
But, when you have to take certain things yourself, you need a simple process to make sure that nothing slips through the cracks. For instance, you might record a reminder on slip of paper or sticky note. But, often, you’ll end up on a scavenger hunt looking for a pen and paper. Or, perhaps you already wrote down a reminder, but now you can’t find the piece of paper you wrote on. Sound familiar?
Save yourself a few minutes — and the aggravation — and just use your voice and the voice memo app on your smartphone. I’m an iPhone girl, so I use the Voice Memos iOS app. It’s a native app on the iPhone so I didn’t have to go searching for it in the App Store. I’m sure you Android and Windows phone peeps have something similar you can use (like this one and this one).
You’re likely to always have your phone with you, so no need to go searching … unless you have to dig through your purse to find it. That’s a whole different conversation, so let’s get back to that later.
How You Can Use Voice Memos
Don’t hurt your brain by trying to remember everything. With this app and your voice, you can record a note or reminder and even share it via text or e-mail.
You can also send voice memos to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and other apps. Pretty cool, huh?
I use Voice Memos to record interesting stories I hear on the radio or TV (for future blog posts) or for ideas that just pop up in my head. You can also use them to record:
- Daily tasks (e.g., pick up dry cleaning)
- Possible locations for your next vacation
- Podcast topics or potential guests for your show
- Short- or long-term changes you want to implement in your business
- Meeting agenda items
- Portions of interviews, presentations, or classes
- Anything you want to remember!
The app also automatically adds a date and time stamp to each note. And, you can edit (i.e., trim) your notes. Love that!
See, I told you it was simple. How do you use voice memos?