My 21st Century Toolbox


Like most people today, I rely on technology to help me do my job. It’s a far cry from business life back in 1992, when I left Ernst & Young and began my entrepreneurial career.

Back then the mobile phone hadn’t been invented – that would come a few years later – and the only computers we had were fixed to our desks. We saved data onto floppy disks (remember those?), and I used a briefcase to take stuff home to read in the evenings.

Life must have been a lot simpler back then, but I don’t remember because Rebecca was born late 1992, so spending time with my little girl was how I occupied my evenings.

I remember in the mid-90s getting a Time System organiser. It was made in Denmark, I think, and beautifully designed. It organised my life, before things moved online – pencil and paper being replaced by code.

I can only imagine the 23 year old me being transported to the future and seeing how we live our lives today. In those following 23 years the world has changed massively, driven by technology.

I don’t need a briefcase now, as everything lives in the cloud. I have a new Riut bag to transport my laptop, vlogging camera and iPad – none of which existed back in 1992. I use Apps to organise and run my life – my current favourites, in order of use, being:

  • Slack
  • Evernote
  • Trello
  • Contactually
  • Google Drive

not to mention email, Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and of course YouTube. When you stop and think about it, it’s crazy!

These, and many other apps, are the tools that help me do my job. They allow me to be effective and efficient. In the next week I’ll add a Virtual Assistant to the mix.

It’s a fascinating time to be alive.

What will happen in the next 23 years? That’ll take me to 70. Three score and ten. Holy moly!! Just as the 23 year old me couldn’t imagine the world we live in today, I have no idea what the world will be like in 2040.

I’m looking forward to the journey to get there though, and continuing to have fun along the way!

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