Everyone could do with their lives being a little bit easier, even if it’s the smallest act. Technology can help with this, and here are five ways your life can be made slightly easier using it.
1. Money Management
One of the main benefits of technology is that we can manage our money on the go. You no longer need to worry about finding the nearest ATM just to check your balance, or meticulously tracking your paper bank statements to figure out how much money you have at any given time of the month.
You also don’t need to worry about the hassle of sending cheques or withdrawing cash to give to other people. You can now all of the above using online banking. This is potentially one of the best technology developments that everyone can make use of on a regular basis.
It certainly saves a lot of time and effort when you’re able to check your balance on the go, manage standing orders (set up new ones, view existing ones, and cancel old ones), make payments to people and businesses, and keep track of your spending, all on your mobile phone or laptop.
You can also abolish the need for paper statements which is far more environmentally friendly and less clutter for you. It’s also more secure. You can see everything on a digital statement that you can on a paper statement, including your opening balance, your closing balance, and how much you’ve spent on specific things, such as an online clothes order or a Qurbani 2021 donation.
If you haven’t already, we’d recommend jumping on the online banking trend. You can even download other types of money management apps to help you save more and get better control of your money.
2. Booking Appointments
Making appointments is a hassle to say the least, especially to see a GP, visit the hairdressers, or book a taxi. Most of us don’t have the time to listen to lengthy introductory messages, click through multiple options, and wait in a hold queue before we’re able to speak to the right person.
The good news is, technology can make your life easier in this regard by automating such services. Check with your local service providers, including your GP, to see if they have an app. If they do, start booking appointments within seconds using it.
3. Doing Shopping
Online shopping gets a bad rep for killing the high street, but it is undeniably convenient, especially in times of lockdown. If you’ve got a busy schedule and are constantly battling to find the time to do your grocery shopping, try doing it online. You can usually access better offers, keep better track of what you’re spending, and choose a delivery time that suits you, all from the comfort of your sofa!
Sometimes it’s the small wins that make the biggest difference.
4. Household Chores
Household chores are a never ending cycle, and it’s easy to feel bogged down by them. Whilst technology hasn’t advanced so far that it can fold your laundry and put it away for you, it has developed to be able to vacuum on its own. Automated vacuum cleaners are all the rage, and most people agree they’re worth the money.
5. Maintaining Contact
Everyone leads busy lives which makes it difficult to make the time for in-person interactions. This has only been exasperated by Covid-19 and the restrictions that came along with it. The beauty of technology is that it can make it easier than ever to keep in touch with loved ones, and you can even video call them and see them in person (sort of). This can help ease the anxiety of not being able to talk or see your friends and family, and it’s also free!
Technology often gets a bad rep, but these five ways show you how it can have a positive impact on your life, even if it is just small.