Another distraction: Facebook, game apps, e-books, music. Let's face it, the iPad is a smorgasbord of entertainment and procrastination possibilities. So before getting down to work on the iPad, turn off all unnecessary apps.
With necessary apps, though, you'll need a way to get to them quickly. As stated earlier, there isn't enough real estate on the iPad to keep multiple windows open. Rather than double clicking the home button to pull up the multi-tasking bar and tap between apps, here's a shortcut: Use the five-finger swipe to move back and forth between apps. (Four fingers work, too.)
Other five-finger gestures: An upward five-finger swipe will call up the multi-tasking bar, and a five-finger pinch will take you to the home page.
Now, you're jumping between Pages, Safari, Email, home screen, and other apps like a pro.
Making Your Way Through Safari
Content creation often includes Web research. Safari on the iPad has evolved over the years to include tabs-a huge productivity time saver-and a reading list for important Web pages. You can touch and hold a word on a Web page to copy and define, the latter being very useful for those big ten-dollar words.
I also use the iPad app WordBook XL, which includes a thesaurus.
Other gesture shortcuts to help you navigate Web pages quickly in Safari: Scroll to the top of a website or list by tapping the top of the iPad screen above the URL. Double tap on an image or text to auto zoom, instead of pinching in and out.
If you tap a link inside a Web page, you'll jump to the new Web page. That's all well and good, but if you wanted tabs on both the new page and the original page, you'll need to do some serious copying and pasting and opening a new page using the + button.
Instead, tap and hold the link until a pop-up menu appears, giving options to open, open in a new tab, add to reading list or copy.
By learning these shortcuts, tips and tricks, you can become much faster creating content on your iPad. Whether or not an iPad can replace a laptop depends largely on how much content you create at your job. For most people, though, the iPad does suffice, especially when they make the most of the iPad's limited real estate.
Tom Kaneshige covers Apple and Consumerization of IT for CIO.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Tom at email@example.com