This is a guest post by Cassie @eHealthInformer.com
Technology has a bad reputation for making people lazier. However, we believe it comes down to the individual and not the technology. It helps to free up time for the user, but how one uses that newfound time determines if the technology is useful or not, whether you're using it for leisure or work.
In today's article, we'll be looking at three powerful ways technology can help you be more productive in life.
We often take technology and automation as one in the same. This is warranted as automation is a form of technology that is quick, accurate and can help us complete tedious tasks in a “set and forget” fashion. For example, if you run social media for your business, you may not always have time to think up status updates and to post them sticking to a schedule.
Services such as Hootsuite or Buffer alleviate this issue, as you can load all your updates for a few days, a week or more all at the same time, and forget about social media until it's time to update your automation service again (which it will prompt you to do automatically!).
Social media updates for businesses and entrepreneurs are a good example of how you can free up your time for more productive tasks. Sure we all want to engage with our followers and audience socially, but there are other areas of the business to focus on. Once all your social updates are taken care of through automation, you can take your time to become strategic with your business, concentrate on new products, releases and relationships that can propel your company to the next level.
There are hundreds of high-quality software and technological solutions that can provide automation for business and leisure related purposes. Think of something time-consuming you'd rather outsource to technology, then search the net for a answer; you'll be surprised at how many resources are available to help you be more efficient and productive.
From virtual to-do lists using platforms such as Trello or Asana to automatically organizing our contacts in our smartphones in the blink of an eye, technology is amazing for organizational purposes. We often take these things for granted; you could wager that most young adults these days have never been through the arduous task of physically writing out all their contacts’ information in a phone diary.
No matter what it is you need organizing, technology has a solution for you. Through using apps on your smart devices to laptops and computers, you can organize your lifestyle hobbies and work files neatly. What does this do for us? It saves us time when searching for things, and helps us to complete objectives promptly. When we have more time on our hands, we can devote more attention to productive tasks.
If someone needs to contact you, no matter where you are or what you're doing, as long as you have an internet connection or mobile reception, you can be reached. This is evident to us, but at one point in time, it would have seemed impossible.
Thinking back to just a few decades ago, if someone told you there was a platform on the internet allowing you to show almost everyone on Earth what you're doing at a given moment while traveling on an airplane at 35,000 feet, you'd have told them they were crazy. Well, with Facebook and WiFi, this is now a part of our daily experience.
This level of availability means you can be reached to prepare plans and fix issues instantly, which prevents problems from escalating during your absence. Most people in 2017 are only an email, text, instant message or phone call away, virtually eliminating wasted time. The sheer amount of productivity this availability lends itself to is immense.
Using public WiFi has its perks, but it is worth mentioning you should protect your activity and information using a secure network. Utilization and exchange of personal information, such as addresses, credit card information, and emails, comes part and parcel with this level of connectivity, and identity theft will cost you heaps of time and money.
Overall, through utilizing technology for automation, organization, and availability, you can significantly free up your time to focus on productive tasks in your personal and business life. Whether you want more time on your hands for family life, or you need more time to develop the next product release from your company, technology can come to your rescue.
Author bio: Cassie is a health and tech blogger who enjoys keeping up to date with the latest advancements in automation technology. She uses tech in her personal and business life to free up her time so that she can focus on company growth and her favorite hobbies.