Productivity? On an iPad?

Man holding an iPad

When first released, I considered the iPad a content consumption device; great for reading, watching and gaming, but not much else. Since publishing my thoughts about the first generation iPad Mini, I’ve been on a quest to discover whether real productivity on an iPad is possible – whether I can get to the point where I no longer have to reach for my laptop to finish the tasks I’ve started.

So, how’s it been going? Firstly, there’s no denying the new iPad Air 2 is a beautiful device; each new iPad generation brings a sleeker, thinner design, making you want to hold and make regular use of its expensive glass and aluminium frame. I’ve no qualms with the tablet in terms of pure ergonomics, but, in terms of productivity, it’s the software that really counts…

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Get SMART in 2015!

Elderly lady weight lifting

It’s Christmas Eve, the time of year people begin thinking about New Year resolutions, positive changes they hope to make in their lives across the next 12 months. Despite best intentions, recent surveys suggest around 90% of us will fail within the first 4 weeks of trying.

If you’re a ‘glass half full’ kind of person, you might say there’s no point in making a concerted effort towards change, arguing that the bluster and good cheer of the Christmas season makes people overly ambitious and hopeful about the New Year – “I’ll only fail and feel worse about myself”. Sound familiar?

Think positively: before you decide not to make any resolutions for 2015, ask yourself how you could bring about lasting change.

Here are a few thoughts for you…

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Martin Smith Tour 2014

I’ve long been a fan of music by Martin Smith – from his early Cutting Edge days, through Delirious to now being a solo artist, he’s written a few catchy tunes.

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to catch Martin and band during their God’s Great Club Tour at the Coalition club in Brighton.

Here’s song There’s A River, during which guitarist Jonny Bird played a great solo whilst crowd surfing on his back!

Martin’s tour continues in 2015