Smartphones, 4G networks, and widely available wifi have put almost the entirety of human knowledge in our pockets. With all of this technology available at your fingertips, there are so many ways to utilize it within your daily life to make things easier. Here are a few quick tech tips to help you improve your life.
Hire a Virtual Assistant
Are you overwhelmed with your job? Perhaps you need someone to help take a bit of that workload off of your to-do list each day—hire a virtual assistant. With so much marketing being done online and on social media and with the advent of document share files, such as Google Docs, it is easier than ever to communicate with an assistant via your computer. Apps, such as Zirtual, can get you set up with a virtual assistant with only a few clicks. TaskRabbit helps you outsource small home tasks to trustworthy people nearby; Fiverr connects you with outsourced help on just about anything. If there’s a task you just can’t get around to, there’s someone out there who can help you get it done.
Start an Online Business
Increasingly, we are seeing that brick-and-mortar stores are losing ground to e-commerce business. Even if you own an established business with a store-front, you can probably drastically expand your business by setting up a website so that anyone from any location can order your products. Setting up a virtual business is pretty easy with e-commerce website builders, such as Woo Commerce, Selz, or Shopify. If you like to make things in your spare time, you can turn your hobby into a side hustle with Etsy. And services like Stamps.com can make shipping your products even easier, so that your side hustle doesn’t turn into a second full-time job.
Let’s be real – everyone has a health goal, whether you want to lose weight, be more active, or just stay in shape. Download a health coaching app to help you on your journey. My Fitness Pal helps you keep track of things such as calorie intake, calories burned, and your daily activity. Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer gives you specific workouts for targeted areas anywhere from 5 minutes 30 minutes in length. Trying to improve your overall lifestyle, or looking for more complete guidance? Noom offers free and paid courses to help get you acclimated to eating better and moving more. And if you just want to spice up your morning workout, Zombies, Run! offers an interactive storyline that can be layered over your playlist while you run, walk or bike outdoors.
Ever had trouble finding an email or phone number for one of your contacts? Brewster will help you consolidate your social media and email contacts in one place. You are even able to scan and save a business card from a new contact. Covve automatically searches your contacts for duplicates to help you consolidate sprawling lists. And CircleBack is like a personal assistant, alerting you to potential changes to your contacts’ information so that you have a reason to reach out to them and stay top-of-mind.
Manage Your Time Efficiently
If you need to create a to-do list, but don’t want to bother with carrying around a piece of paper or daily planner, download the Clear app. Clear gives you the ability to color-code and prioritize tasks so you make sure to complete all the important things each day. For those who prefer a more tactile experience, Trello gives you the satisfaction of moving task cards from your to-do list to your “done” list, with lots of options for customization. And for a straightforward list-based experience, Wunderlist gives you a clean, elegant checklist that can be accessed from most devices and shared and updated in real time.
Amazon’s Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and so much more. Have a question? Just ask and Alexa will search the internet and give you and answer.
Save Your Money
Clipping coupons is definitely a thing of the past. Now, you don’t need to search for coupons in the Sunday paper, you can simply use money-saving apps, such as Ibotta or Dosh. Ibotta provides rebates on everything from groceries to clothing, restaurant meals, and even hotel stays. Dosh offers cash back on purchases at mainly restaurants and retail stores. Of course, several stores have their own apps that offer in-store savings too.
Parenting in the Digital Age
Do you want to limit the amount of internet that your kids have, or monitor where they are spending their time? Circle with Disney is a great device to allow you to set up parental controls on all linked devices.
Greenlight can help you teach your kids about money. Your child will receive a debit card with their name on it, but you, the parent, can monitor and set controls. Young teens and new drivers especially will enjoy the feeling of freedom and maturity, while you have peace of mind.
Your Life, Connected
The bottom line is that there are tools available that will help you achieve virtually any task you set for yourself. These technologies are designed to make your life easier, simpler, or just more enjoyable, and you should absolutely be taking advantage of them. We might not have the robotic household helpers that science fiction writers imagined 30 years ago or more, but we’ve also seen changes that they couldn’t have even dreamed. We’re living in the future, so we might as well enjoy it to the fullest.