What gadget to use in surviving a tech holiday catastrophe?

During a family holiday, people keep telling me to leave work at home, but not everyone has that luxury of vanishing off the face of the earth for a few days at a time. I’ve been self-employed for 10 years and more and more readers can relate nonetheless of their employment status.

Working during your holiday doesn’t make you a bad parent or partner,   it just makes you someone trying to do the best of a complicated situation. The alternative might be to stay chained to your desk while your family goes on holidays without you.

Anyhow, working on the road becomes more complicated when you manage to leave your gadgets at home like I did this week. Otherwise, your tech might meet with disaster while you’re travelling.  It could take a tumble, gets nicked or unexpectedly decides to die.

At this precise point, you make do with what’s at hand, which is easier if you’re already set-up to work away from your desk. It’s worth assessing your mobile workflow to ensure you have a Plan B in place should disaster strike. Even when you’re at your desk, the ability to keep working on mobile devices can save the day if there is an unexpected calamity.

The popularity of tablets and smartphones has made it easier to stay productive wherever you may be. I prefer a decent keyboard and I rely on a few desktop-centric features, but for other things, I make do on a mobile device.

Luckily, I packed an iPad mini in my clothes bag rather than my work bag. Otherwise, I would have made to make do with the 4.7-inch screen on my iPhone.  Since the purchase of a $23 Bluetooth keyboard, has made life much easier. Typing on glass is painfully slow when you’re composing much more than a tweet.

The tablet isn’t configured for work because it’s a mutual family device which lives on the coffee table and Apple refuses to add user profiles to iOS. My smartphone is configured for work, but unfortunately when I upgraded to a new handset last year I didn’t think to reconfigure every cloud services app – because I rarely need them on my phone. It would have been simple to set these up at home, but doing it on the road is proving challenging – in part due to the security measures in place to keep uninvited guests from doing the same thing.

If your smartphone and/or tablet foremost to your business continuity and disaster recovery plan, then rehearsing a few worst-case scenarios in advance could prove helpful. Imagine if disaster struck right now and you were only left with the tech in your pockets – what would you need to access in order to keep working? Put the pieces in place now rather than waiting until it’s too late.


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