Chris Cairns

Private equity professional, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Penn State, Ultimate Fighting Champ over grappling dummy, and founder and editor of this blog.

5 Apps to Connect Your PC and Smartphone in Powerful Ways

by Chris Cairns - on Jul 7th 2016 - No Comments
Connect your PC to your smartphone and tablet

A part of the common vernacular these days is to refer to smartphones and tablets as the “second screen.” This is most often used in the context of talking about watching TV and how many people are on their mobile devices at the same time as watching their favorite programming. In the context of productivity, though, the smartphone...

Excellent iPhone Apps for a Smarter Paperless Office

by Chris Cairns - on Jun 7th 2016 - No Comments
Not a paperless office solution

A messy desk is said to be an indicator of a messy mind and one of the best things you can do to clear out some of that unsightly clutter is to get rid of as many of those dead trees as possible. Printed documents, user manuals and notepads aren’t as necessary anymore in the modern paperless office. And your Apple iPhone can help. There...

How to Manage All Your Cloud Storage in One Place

by Chris Cairns - on May 5th 2016 - No Comments
Cloud storage management

The ability to save so much data in the cloud has proven remarkably useful for consumers and businesses alike. You can save your documents and pictures with your cloud storage provider of choice, accessing those files through your computer, on your smartphone or on your tablet, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. But what...

5 Writing Apps for Clearer Communication

by Chris Cairns - on Apr 7th 2016 - No Comments
Writing on a computer

It’s not too hard to find a word processing program these days that comes with a built-in spell checking utility. In fact, many of them will check your spelling in real time as you type out those words on the screen. That’s very handy, but spelling all your words correctly is only one small part of what makes for good writing....

More Cloud Services for Remote Business Management

by Chris Cairns - on Mar 4th 2016 - No Comments
Remote business management

A few weeks ago, we highlighted a number of online business tools that would effectively allow you to run your company in the cloud. This means that you no longer have to make the commute in to the office in order to take care of both your employees and your customers. It also means that if business happens to take you abroad, you can...

5 Big Tips to Improve Your Desk Ergonomics (and Boost Your Productivity)

by Chris Cairns - on Feb 4th 2016 - No Comments
Home office desk ergonomics

In trying to figure out how best to utilize our time in the office, we oftentimes get caught up in systems and technology. While it is absolutely true that you may find yourself being far more productive when you adhere to the pomodoro technique for your work sessions, there’s one area that frequently goes neglected: desk ergonomics....

Free Motivation Apps for Android to Keep You Going

by Chris Cairns - on Jan 7th 2016 - No Comments
Stay motivated

Now that you’ve set yourself a number of new year’s resolutions, the challenge is trying to stick with them for the entirety of 2016 and beyond in order to achieve your bigger goals. While the actual mechanics involved in working smarter, losing weight or getting more done can be difficult enough, the biggest challenge you...

Apps to Block Distractions and Improve Focus

by Chris Cairns - on Dec 3rd 2015 - No Comments
Block distractions and get back to work

There is a very important difference between being busy and being productive. Just because you are “at work” at your desk doesn’t mean that you are actually “working” on something that matters. Far too often, we get pulled down the rabbit hole of YouTube or we become engulfed in Facebook status updates, forgetting...

WordPress Workflow Plugins for Better Content Management

by Chris Cairns - on Nov 5th 2015 - No Comments
WordPress content management

Known best as a world class blogging platform that can be freely used by just about anyone, WordPress can be used to power a variety of different website types. You can use it for an e-commerce store just as easily as you can use it for your company website or as a online forum. But blogging and “content management” is at...

Time Management Apps for the iPhone

by Chris Cairns - on Oct 8th 2015 - No Comments
Time Management Apps

The smartphone in your pocket can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy. You can waste countless hours away at crushing candies or flapping birds or you can use that device as a functional tool to help you get more done and get it done more effectively. And the single most important resource in your hands is time. That’s...