It’s Super Bowl Sunday. You’re tossing the jersey on, your friends are on their way over, the guacamole is waiting in the fridge, and the wings are in the oven.
But despite the excitement for the hours ahead, something is nagging at you in the back of your mind, and it’s not the fear that you’ll run out of chips during the third quarter. It’s that report that’s due first-thing Monday morning that needed to be finished on Friday but you simply ran out of time.
This happens more often than we’d probably care to admit. Work, even when we’re not physically sitting down to do it, carries into the weekend and hangs around our thoughts, sometimes detracting from what should be an enjoyable, stress-free time.
The easiest way around this would be to finish our work during the week, and though this is sometimes challenging, we shouldn’t accept the idea as a lost cause. Incorporating technology into our workflows can sometimes be the difference between a 50-hour and a 40-hour week.
Speech recognition is one technology that can help with those time-consuming reports that are sometimes harder to tackle than a full-speed Cam Newton. Talking can be up to five times faster than typing, so you can be laying out the important details of documents and reports using speech in the same time that it would take get through nothing more than the introduction with typing. So whether it’s a brief, a formal document, a paper, or even an NFL scouting report, the time that you save using speech can be placed toward completing other important projects and helping to clear your slate before the weekend kicks off.
On the go? No need to be tethered for speech to benefit your day-to-day. With its availability for mobile devices, you can enjoy the same benefits of long-form dictation as your office-residing colleagues. Field reports, formatted assessment documents, and even strings of emails can be completed and shared from a remote location, such as a site visit, a client’s office, or a work site directly in the field. Speech has already been adopted by professionals across a variety of industries, from lawyers and construction executives to educators, professional comedians, public safety workers, and more.
So this Sunday, don’t let work get in the way of enjoying Newton vs. Manning, Coldplay and Beyoncé rocking the halftime show, a funny (and important) Budweiser ad with Helen Mirren, and Liam Neeson doing something that sure looks cool, even though we aren’t really sure what it is. Get the work done and allow yourself to sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.