Not many of us read the user manual when we buy a new mobile phone but it is worth spending some time exploring the functionality of your new device so that you get the most out of it. You should also consider how your smart phone can help you use your worktime more efficiently and productively.

Here are some smart phone tips and tricks to make your business and work life better, some of which were published by USA Today, which had a great set of suggestions about getting the best out of your smart phone.

Take a screenshot

Have you ever wanted to capture something on your phone’s screen? Maybe it’s a text from a friend or a work colleague, directions, or you want to send someone an image to show them how to do something. A screenshot can also serve as a way to take a quick note.

Block calls and texts

Sometimes, for whatever reason, someone just won’t stop calling or texting you, even after you asked nicely. Your phone allows you to block them. Your stress and anxiety is over.

Fill in your timesheets for work and never miss a minute

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Timewatch is a company that provides timesheets and other services for businesses. We want to make it easy for all your company’s staff to complete timesheets as accurately and quickly as possible. Timewatch® timesheet solutions let your employees track time in whatever way they prefer: from a PC, Mac, phone, tablet and even from within Outlook. We make it simple to enter your hours to your timesheet from your smart phone and save employees between one and three hours per week. Our systems are so good, even our competitors use them!

Enlarge your font size

Having a hard time reading things on your phone’s small screen? Bump up the font size to something a bit easier to see.

Read things out loud

Are you driving or sick of your screen? Have it read things to you out loud. Yes – smart phones can talk to you.

Enter work expenses

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On the road for work? Making a site visit? Taking a client out for lunch? Your phone can handle inputting business expenses quickly and accurately. The Timewatch® expenses module is simple and easy for end users, administrators, and billing staff.

Employees can quickly and easily log their expenses, allocate them to projects for managers to review and approve for repayment, cost to a project and/or recharge to a customer. Receipt images can be attached to claims while smartphone and tablet users can take a photo of a receipt and attach it to the claim in one step. Boom – it’s that easy.

Turn off music automatically

Many people use their phone to listen to music as they go to sleep or as they’re doing a project. But you don’t want it running forever and draining your battery. Phones can now set a time limit for how long they play music.

Run your business resource scheduling

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Who knew you could use your smart phone or tablet to run a sophisticated and sometimes complicated element of your business? We did. Timewatch® resource scheduling solutions are so flexible and powerful they are used all over the world by: airlines, banking, consultancies, defense, engineering, healthcare, IT, media, project management, recruitment and more.

Our customers schedule everything from people, training courses and projects, to airplanes, satellites, equipment, and trucks. What’s more awesome: many of these businesses schedule their resources directly from their smart phones.