What do you use your smartphone camera for?
You probably use it to capture pictures of friends and family. (And maybe selfies!)
However, you might not think of your camera as a productivity tool.
Let your smartphone camera remember the details so that you don’t have to. (Tweet Quote)
Your Smartphone Camera as a Productivity Tool
These days we all carry a camera on us… in our smartphones.
In fact, we almost never leave home without it.
But, do you realize the full potential of that camera? Or do you only use it for capturing pics of friends and family?
Remembering that you have a camera with you at all times can help you save time and effort. Whether it is remembering the small stuff or taking photos of the big items on your mind, your smartphone camera can be a powerful productivity tool.
Here are 10 Productivity Uses for Your Smartphone Camera:
- Capture Whiteboard and Meeting Notes – After meetings, capture whiteboard scribbles and notes via your smartphone camera. This will allow you to participate in the meeting instead of being distracted taking notes.
- To Remember Details – Remember small details by taking a picture instead of writing it down. That strange lightbulb you need to buy once a year… snap a pic. That random item you need to buy… take a photo. (I would love to see more todo lists with task level photo capability.)
- As Your Travel Assistant – When you are on the road, the last thing you want to do is sweat the small stuff. Let your smartphone capture where you parked, receipts, luggage stubs, and even your hotel room number.
- As a Document Scanner – The vast improvements in smartphone cameras make them more than able document scanners. In a pinch, you can scan a document via your smartphone camera and send it via PDF. This is especially handy when you have hardcopy forms that you need to sign and then email.
- Take a Motivational Pic – What’s on your phone’s lock screen? Instead of a meaningless stock photo of nature or outer space, use your smartphone to take a motivational picture that you will see many times a day. It can be anything, as long as it motivates you.
- To Describe Something – When trying to describe something to another person, a photo is worth a thousand words. Don’t try to detail something when you can send a picture via text or email.
- To Eliminate Scraps of Paper, Business Cards, and Post-Its – Avoid the small paper clutter by snapping photos. Don’t collect stacks of business cards, eliminate the floating Post-It notes, and get rid of the receipts.
- To Take Video – Pics may be worth a thousand words, but video can be even more valuable. This is especially true if you are trying to demonstrate an action or document something. Take a quick video instead of many photos. For example, taking a home inventory can be done via video in a very short time. Or you could provide visual instructions on how to perform a task.
- As a Bar Code Scanner – Your smartphone camera can be used to scan QR codes, bar codes, and more. Use Amazon’s app to scan items directly to Amazon. In Apple and Wal-Mart stores, you can even check yourself out by scanning item bar codes via your phone.
- FaceTime or Video Chat – If you can’t meet with someone in person, the next best thing can be via FaceTime or video chat. Being able to see someone, changes a conversation dramatically.
Put Your Camera to Work for You
Don’t forget about your smartphone camera.
It can be a powerful productivity tool.
Chances are, you are carrying it with you at all times… so put it to work for you.
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