I've been using tablets for awhile, but I've always thought of them as having pretty limited use. Entertain the kids for a few minutes? Check. Take notes in a business meeting? Sure. Respond to a quick email? Absolutely, presuming I have WiFi available. I always figured I could do more if I had a data plan on my tablet, but we all know I am WAY too much of a commitment-phobe for all that. Then I discovered a tablet that has TMobile free data. No more hunting down connectivity OR stressing about contracts.
I was walking through the tech section the other day when this #CollectiveBias #TabletTrio sign screamed out at me. Walmart now has T-Mobile free tablet data with the purchase of a $179 Trio AXS 7.85″ tablet. 200 MBs monthly, for life. I did the calculations pretty quickly in my head: I go through an average of 250 MBs per week on my phone, but that's with full-time use and lots of video watching. I decided to give it a try and so far, this amount of data has been more than adequate for my blogging needs.
It seems that the ability to wander outside of my WiFi comfort zone was exactly what I needed to unleash my creativity, because now I've been tablet blogging up a storm. I can grab my gadget and head to the far end of my property (beyond the invisible beam of my router) to squeeze in a little work while the kids play in the field. It's perfect for this crazy back-to-school season, when we're shuffling between playdates and meetings and all sorts of life hecticness. My work is being squeezed into a smaller and smaller timeframe as the kids get older, so I'm relying heavily on tools like this to get me through.
As far as blogging from a tablet, it's surprisingly easy when you're not worried about connectivity. I have all of my photos sync to my Dropbox on gadgets from my smart camera. Then I use a plugin called Image Shrink Lite to resize my pictures and export them into WordPress.
Posts are saved as a draft so I can pick up and go wherever family and the job may take me. We spend a lot of time on the road for work, so it's super-convenient that I can count on reliable data to be there if I want to use my passenger seat time (while Nate drives) to wrap up and schedule a post. All from one tablet.
So now whether I'm at home or in transit (or on a boat! or with a goat!) I can get a full project done, from start to finish. Things like back-to-school and real life can take priority over hunting down internet, as they should.
Do you work from a tablet? Any helpful hints for productivity on-the-go or when life gets busy?