Technology has transformed the way business people operate for sure, and that applies not just to the billion dollar enterprises and the global corporations but all the way down the food chain to the smallest independent set-ups.
But the downside of technology is that we depend on it to do everything for us short of cooking our breakfast. Anyone who has ever read the short story The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster will know that once we start to rely on electronic toys and gadgets the consequences of ever being without them become more and more scary.
Of course, we all carry a smartphone these days – if only for taking selfies with celebs we might bump into unexpectedly in the shopping mall!
But the problem is we have so much of the stuff that if we’re not careful it can sometimes have the potential to overwhelm us.
When you’re in business all your records and files will be stored away on some device or another, but will you always have them to hand when you need them? When you’re out at the restaurant and something crops up which means you have to check an invoice you’ve sent out or an e-mail you received?
One of the most important things you’ll need to do in business is to synchronize all your important files and messages so that you’ll be able to access them from any device you have to hand, no matter where you happen to be.
There are programs available to help you do this, but ultimately it’s all down to you being organized. What’s more, getting it all together is really good practice for organizing your business affairs, because if your papers are scattered and your mind is scattered you’re not going to make it in the ever-more competitive world of commerce and enterprise.