It is becoming more and more apparent that people don’t want to speak to their devices simply to have a conversation – they want to get things done. As we think about speech recognition impacting our busy work days – the ones filled with meetings, phone calls, shifting priorities, and fluctuating deadlines – we see a number of areas where this technology can be applied. Speech is utilized for both documentation-intensive tasks on PCs and more basic actions on mobile devices. Sometimes, even the simplest of shortcuts can help us maintain our rhythm and focus, keeping our office productivity levels high. Using a voice-enabled personal assistant or other speech application to complete these three simple actions on your smartphone or tablet can help you navigate your next busy day.
We’ve all experienced it – we think of an idea, or remember something that we need to do, but before we jot it down, it completely slips our mind. When a thought strikes us, finding a pen and paper or even typing a note on our phones can feel cumbersome and interrupt the flow of another task. Leveraging voice on your phone or tablet can help to get this done in mere seconds – simply note the task, date, and time that you would like to be reminded of (i.e. “Remind me at 7:00am on Monday to call my client with an update” or “Remind me at 4:30pm to send the report to my boss.”). This even helps with other important tasks that can fall off the radar amid a busy work day – stopping at the store or revisiting a show that you want to watch or an article that you want to read.
You’ve probably started a day with the intent of focusing on priorities A, B, and C, only to have the morning taken up by calls and meetings, or other events that suddenly put the focus on priorities X, Y, and Z. Things change quickly in the business world, and your to-do list needs to keep up. When you’re in a hurry, perhaps running from one meeting to another, try dictating your new priorities. This new list can be what you work off of for the remainder of the day, or it can be a temporary solution that you add more detail to or merge with an existing list when you have a moment to sit down and catch your breath.
Despite the rise in email and text messaging, placing a call from a cell phone is still one of the most prevalent forms of communication. Initiating those calls, though, still needs to fit in with the hyper-fast pace that the rest of our world moves at. Scrolling through a contact list, searching for a name, and even accessing a “Favorites” list can all be trumped by speaking to your phone. Simply hold whichever button prompts your device’s assistant and say, ‘Call [contact name].’ Their line will be ringing mere moments later.
These actions are indeed simple, but completing them more quickly via speech can help you save valuable time, remain organized and productive, and keep you better suited to navigate even the busiest of days.