If it feels like life just took a turn for the busy, you’re not mistaken. As the world shifts to a sense of whatever the “next normal” will be, people’s calendars are getting swamped. Is it an attempt to fill in all the missing work and social gaps of 2020? Maybe. Regardless, it’s causing a lot of folks to wonder where their hours go.
True, you might not be able to slow down the pace entirely. However, you can employ clever ways to recover previous minutes, beginning with tech gadgets and systems. Leveraging technology will help you gain balance and feel less pulled in 90 directions at once.
Don’t give yourself over to overload. Instead, incorporate these tech solutions into your daily routines.
While it’s great to carry plastic in your purse or wallet, calling your bank card issuer can eat up time. One way around this issue is to find a card that allows you to effortlessly control it digitally. For instance, look for a debit card that features the ability to disable transactions or order replacements on an app. Bonus points if you can find one that supports mobile payments, too. That way, you won’t be forced to find your card in fast-paced buying situations.
Nothing’s worse than a clunky Zoom meeting or sporadic Internet, especially when you’re working from home. (Hint: Bosses eventually get tired of hearing that you can’t log on day after day.) Rather than dealing with the frustrations of WiFi that doesn’t reach certain rooms, try extenders. They’ll solve your peskiest connection problems so you don’t have to keep moving around looking for a stronger signal. Plus, time won’t be wasted on the phone arguing with your Internet provider about your router. You won’t have to rely on public WiFi, either, which isn’t exactly a safe bet.
We’ve all had the unpleasant experience of seeing 10% power on our cell, only to realize a charger’s not available. It’s not a good look—or a comforting realization. Forget the scramble to find a charger last-minute. Carry portable cell phone chargers wherever you go. They’re handy devices that offer tremendous peace of mind. You might even want to purchase two so you can keep one in your car or workplace desk. They’re terrific backups when a little juice is what’s on the digital menu.
You’re a proud pet parent whose furry friend counts on you for companionship, comfort, and care. Yet you can’t always hang around the house… and sometimes you’re later coming home than you’d like. Solve all your pet parenting stress with techy lifesavers like automatic pet food feeders and remote treat dispensers. Many allow you to view what’s happening at home no matter where you are. You can even just pop in and say hello to Spot—who’s always a “good boy!”
Have you worn a trail in your floor between your desk and the microwave to heat up coffee and tea? Keeping everyday beverages warm is a bane of most people’s existences. One trip to the coffee station could cost you a bundle in chit-chat with colleagues. And if you’re telecommuting, you might be tempted to forgo your diet when you spot treats in the kitchen. What’s the answer? Try a cordless mug warmer. Your java will stay toasty sip after sip without you moving a muscle.
People may have been skeptical when remote vacuum cleaners first hit the marketplace. Could they possibly work as well as advertised? Turns out they can and do, which is why so many consumers have invested in tech vacuums and mops. Though you’ll occasionally need to brush up on your deep cleaning, relying on a remote vacuum is a time-saving indulgence. Between more comprehensive cleans, your vacuum bot can pick up debris without you lifting a finger.
It’s relaxing to hit up the spa or salon once in a while. However, it’s not always feasible or economical. What can you do about your aching back and neck muscles? Look no further than a cordless back massager outfitted with the latest heating technology. Many models can be worn while you’re working, so you don’t have to sacrifice efficiency. You’ll be more productive if you feel at ease and healthy. Additionally, you won’t have to keep relying on over-the-counter pain medicines to get your sore tissues through the day.
One thing’s for sure: Covid-19 spurred teleconferencing and made everyone understand the value of ring lights. Long used by recreational and celebrity social media influencers, ring lights provide just enough brightness. They light up your face with a warm glow that gives you a fresh look, even when you’re tired. Stop messing with table lamps or trying to figure out how to get natural light in your office. A simple ring light can mean the difference between a so-so and stellar first impression on Zoom.
You don’t have to wait for your employer to introduce you to tech software. Many versions of the latest systems are free to try, including a lot of project management solutions. If you’re new to project management tools, you’ll find them remarkably (and thankfully!) easy to learn. Even a basic project management system can help you iron out your scheduling snags. Not only will your busy life seem less crazy, but you’ll get more done than you thought possible.
Technology’s all around us, all the time. Over the next few weeks, start using tech to automate repetitive tasks and keep you moving forward. You’ll win back hours each week—and even get rid of all those excuses to pick up an inspiring hobby.