Can you believe it’s already the month of August? Me neither. But did you know that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week? Yes, it’s such a thing. It may seem difficult to keep things simple in such a complex era of advancing technology but believe me, it’s actually possible to do. You can use that technology to your advantage. Here are 5 ways I’ve simplified my life using technology.
1. Stop receiving paper bills and bank statements.
No one likes receiving a bunch of letters in the mail. Not to mention, all the junk mail we toss in the trash and forget to recycle. Paper bank statements can be easily opened by other people and I don’t want them knowing how much money I have. I’ve gone paperless years ago and it’s much more convenient having the bank apps on my phone. I can easily keep track of my accounts while I’m on the go and I receive text and email notifications so I never miss a payment.
2. Set automatic labels and filters for your emails.
Just like paper mail, I absolutely hate when my email inbox gets cluttered with various messages. With Gmail, I’ve set labels and filters for certain emails. For example, I have my incoming messages from school labeled as “school.” For less important emails such as newsletters, I have them automatically archived so they don’t show up in my main inbox but I can still go back and read them whenever I want. That way, I can still be subscribed to all sorts of newsletters but I can only see the more important emails right away.
3. Keep track of lists and ideas on Wunderlist.
Wunderlist is a great productivity app that’s available on multiple platforms. I use it for school, appointments, bill payment dates, grocery lists, and so much more! You can create many lists with tasks and sub-tasks. You can even attach files and deadlines to your tasks. Then when you’re done with the task, you can tick the checkbox and a “ding” sound plays, telling you that you’ve completed the task. Nothing is more simpler and satisfying than that!
4. Store and sync your apps and data across different devices.
Speaking of Wunderlist being available across multiple platforms, it was about time that we’re able to store and sync important data within the intangible “cloud.” As mentioned before, I’ve bought extra iCloud storage space so I don’t have to worry about running out of space or losing important documents. I also have a few apps (i.e. Wunderlist, Evernote, etc) that are downloaded onto both my phone and laptop so the information stays updated without me having to do anything. And if you’re like me, I’m so lazy when it comes to updating my phone. Ever since the iPhone 5 came out, I’ve been syncing my phone to my laptop via wifi. How awesome is that?! I don’t even have to plug anything in. I also have my playlists set a certain way so I never have to manually add songs to my phone. It just does it on its own!
5. Download an organizer desktop wallpaper.
Just like with my emails and documents, I like to keep my desktop clean and simple. Having an organizer desktop wallpaper helps keep things in order. The screenshot above is what my desktop currently looks like. I really like the motivational line to keep me inspired. There’s not much going on right now but once school starts, there’ll be more files. I got my wallpaper from Beauty Divine Design but you can find similar ones just by Googling “organizer desktop wallpaper.” Or if you can’t find one you like, you could simply create your own!
Those were 5 ways I use technology to simplify my life. I hope you find these tips and ideas helpful. If not, tell me how you use technology to simplify your life. Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you want to see more similar posts! Have a lovely day, everyone.