Dropbox stores all my files. I can have access to all my files from anywhere on my iPhone, iPad, or laptop. Dropbox also allows us to share files with our players super easily. They have access to our schedules, travel itineraries, systems of play files, workouts, nutrition info, and anything else we want to post for them. Our coaching staff uses shared folders to collaborate and share files and ideas. The days of searching through each others manila folders are over in our office. We have reduced the amount of paper in our program dramatically with Dropbox. And the biggest benefit of all…its free up to 2 GB and you can get 500 MB free with each referral.
My next favorite app is Evernote. Evernote is like my online library and online journal. I clip articles I want to save and tag them so I can easily find them later. I used to have a filing cabinet full of 20 years worth of soccer articles and soccer training sessions. I would lug this with me from coaching job to coaching job. No more filing cabinet. I scanned all of the articles with NeatDesk and now they are organized within Evernote. What a relief to drop the 100 lbs. of paper! We also use Evernote with our players. They fill our their Match Analysis after each game in Evernote. The Match Analysis is in a shared folder with the coaching staff. We can then give feedback to the player through Evernote. Its become a great communication tool. Many players also utilize Evernote for daily journals. Similar to Dropbox, you can access your notes and folders from anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, or laptop. And guess what….its free too!
Go Paperless with Dropbox and Evernote!