The real solution to improving productivity with the iPad

I have often struggled to come up with post ideas on how to improve productivity using an iPad. In fact I often wonder if the whole topic is wide enough to warrant a blog at all. I have read many, many how-to articles on blogging and content creation that get at how to pick a blog focus. The answer I have come up with? Well, I haven’t to be honest. What I know is that the iPad and tablet computing in general will be an integral part of computing in the coming years and maybe even decade. Some still argue that the iPad is more of a content consumption device, others feel that the future is somewhere between the Mac Air and the upcoming ultra books.

The answer? Who knows! I personally believe that the iPad will continue to be a huge part of the picture and will continue to innovate and ultimately change the way we all use computers In business. I also believe that to many the iPad is still an under-utilized tool wasting away playing music and streaming YouTube videos. Yes, many companies and industries are changing work with clever and useful apps (notice the last line in the article about the iPad2 vs. the New iPad, sound familiar?). But, for the office worker without a clever IT organization or a job that is not easily translated into an app the iPad remains a more pleasing iPhone/Droid, I.e. a better email machine. And this is what I have written about and will continue to write about; how to change your content-consumption tablet into something truly useful. I will continue to implement my own small tests of change via new apps and processes in the never-ending search for a more efficient way to get my work done.

The solution you ask? There really is no solution, there is just journey. Just as Moore’s Law forever put us on this never ending treadmill of faster and faster processors, the process to leverage the fruits of these processors is never ending as well. To that end I will continue to write about how my shinny new iPad 2 is transforming my own work. Hopefully you will learn a little something yourself…so that you can save a bit of time for what is really important.

What’s next you ask? Here are a few future blog posts I hope to put out in the coming weeks:

  1. Paper Review
  2. Updated Evernote workflow
  3. Updated Notetaker Smackdown Post
  4. Task manager head to head
  5. Starting a new job with my iPad, I.e. making it all electronic from Day 1

Are there any other topics you would like to see me write about?


How is your own iPad Productivity Journey progressing?




  1. Craig Grannell

    Um, I was being a tad sarcastic with my article’s heading. The closing line says anyone arguing iPads are for consumption only is “deluded”, not the opposite.

    • Sorry Craig. I should have been paying closer attention to your post.

      I will be happy to take out the link and add something more accurate.

      Thanks for the correction!

      – Chris

  2. Have you done any research on keyboards to use with the iPad?  You mentioned a few keyboard integration with a few of the ‘office’ type apps you reviewed, but wondering about the actual keyboards.


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