In 2017, technology is an inescapable part of daily life. It changes so quickly that it can be hard to stay on top of the newest gadgets and latest software updates. However, keeping up-to-date with technology has the potential to add to and enhance your life in more convenient ways than you might think. Here are a few ideas for ways to incorporate tech to make your life easier:
- Utilize your smartphone’s apps
Every update – and they happen regularly – can be jarring, but the truth is your smartphone’s plethora of features can make simple things so much easier!
o Use Siri (or your phone’s equivalent voice-automated personal assistant) for everything from scheduling important reminders to searching for things on the web.
o Most of today’s smartphones also come with a built-in health app, which can be used to track and monitor key pieces of your lifestyle including nutrition, exercise and sleep patterns. Let technology start counting your steps and helping you achieve your fitness goals!
- Communicate with FaceTime
o One major advantage of modern technology is its ability to connect you with people all over the world almost instantaneously. Rather than keeping in touch with friends and loved ones over the phone, add some invaluable face-to-face time with your phone or laptop’s video feature like FaceTime or an app like Skype. It’ll add a whole new dimension to your communication with the important people in your life and make the distance feel much smaller.
- Connect with social media
o These days, everyone can be on social media and there are plenty of platforms to choose from. Facebook is by far the easiest and most convenient to join, especially if you feel overwhelmed at the thought of other platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. In no time, you’ll be connecting with old friends, sharing pictures and keeping up with what’s going on in your social network.
- Most of all, be patient
o With the rapid pace of technology advancements today, it can be easy to get discouraged or decide it’s not worth the time to learn. But don’t give up! Be patient with yourself, ask questions when you have them and technology can add to your life in ways you never expected.