The more we become dependent upon smart phones, the more we panic when we don’t have them. A simple trip to the Stop N’Rob to buy the Sunday paper suddenly becomes as terrifying as a drive out of a Mad Max movie when we stop at a light and discover our smart phone is missing or worse, out of power.
To keep continuity in your legal nurse consulting business there are three things I believe every Certified Legal Nurse Consultant should have in the glovebox or center console of your car, SUV or pickup. Here they are in order of importance:
- Cigarette-lighter power plug. You can buy this with an adaptor for your smartphone, or if you have a plethora of different phones in your family or business, buy one that terminates in a USB connection. This allows you to charge phones of different operating systems (assuming everyone has their charging cable with them). You can top off your phone as you drive, and if you’re using a navigation app to help get you to the appointment with your attorney-client, you can keep the battery from draining faster than the hot tub at the Motel 6.
- Bluetooth headset or wired headset. Yes, our cars all connect to our phones, but at some point you actually have to get out of the car and – you guessed it – walk. With more and more information about dangers of cellphone radiation, you’ll want to be able to walk hands-free and be fear-free of juggling your phone, keys, briefcase and brain cancer.
- Small notepad and 2 working pens. I don’t care how fast you can type on your phone, a small notepad is perfect to have handy when you need to jot down a phone number or make some important notes about a new case that your favorite attorney-client is calling about. “Hey Google” is no help while you’re talking on that Android® phone. Pull over, put on your flashers and take some notes.
In a nutshell, there’s my short-list of things every Certified Legal Nurse Consultant should have in their car. We’re all dependent upon our smart phones, so let’s do what we need to keep them ready for action. And, while we’re speaking of glovebox essentials, don’t get me started on things like travel packs of Kleenex, napkins for the inevitable Starbucks® spill and at least $1.50 in change for the parking meter – but that’s a whole other non-Tech Tip.
Keep on Techin’,
P.S. Comment and share what you keep in your car (and why)!