Log on: Our reliance on technology has increased at an accelerated pace thanks to our workspaces becoming virtual. I spend way more time looking and talking to a screen than before. Having to work with teams in India and Singapore, I was already used to virtual meetings but now my screen time has changed from 5 or 6 hours to 10-12 hours of video chats, emails, and spreadsheets.
Top picks: I use multiple devices at any given time but the two most essential ones would be my iPhone 11 pro and my air pods. With them I can workout, listen to music and podcasts in my downtime, and do calls.
Plan B: I am currently using iPhone 11 Pro as my primary phone and a Samsung S10 as the backup phone. Though I was able to hedge against using a specific brand that we all love, Apple, I still end up using it for the majority of daily tasks. I think I can do much more with my iPhone. Plus the new army green color is just perfect.
Attention seeking: There were quite a few gizmos that had caught my attention pre-COVID. I have always aimed at translating technology into smart living; be it talking to Alexa or having Gillette’s new heated razor that lets me save electricity and water. One thing that caught my attention is UBTECH’s Jimu robot. I was never fond of engineering but was fascinated with coding. I am waiting for my next trip to Singapore to get Jimu home.
App appeal: I think the one app I use the most is Google Keep. There is finally an app that allows me to plan my day/week with the to-do list and is easily accessible through all my devices. The lockdown also got me addicted to Monument Valley (1&2). It is one game that I don’t mind playing over and over again as it gives me a good break between my VCs and meetings. Since the game is solving puzzles, my wife also doesn’t find it annoying unlike the wives of my friends and colleagues who are addicted to PUBG.
Friendly competition: I have an Apple watch and since most of my friends own an Apple watch, it is a good motivator to keep yourself active or else one of my friends might beat me to having more active minutes during the day. The watch has another interesting feature which is it doubles up as a walkie-talkie!! Over the weekends, the members of my family, of my generation (my brother, sister-in-law, my wife, and myself) wear the Apple watch we all own and do talk over it like we used to do back in 90s over the walkie-talkie.
Smooth sailing: The one app that my family and I have been using not only to manage the day/week but also to ensure we all don’t end up doing calls at the same time of the day is Google calendar. My entire family swears by this app. The month of April 2020 brought us good learning for my family as there was a lot of crosstalk which ended up being a bit irritant, especially for my father. I think one device that all members of my family use now is the Apple air pods.
Words Of Wisdom From CEO: Tips On Business Survival During Covid-19 Pandemic
The CEO Corner
Whether the pandemic ends within a month or two or stretches into the long-term, business owners need to be ready to adapt and make changes to their business strategy in order to weather the storm and beyond. Here are a few tips to start implementing and planning form the CEOs.