Hello everyone! 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 to simplify your life with technology.
5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Technology
1) Stop receiving paper bills and bank statements.
First of all, you can simplify your life by switching to paperless 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. Many years ago, I opted for paperless billing. Plus, it’s much more convenient having the bank apps on my phone. Now, I can easily keep track of my accounts while I’m on the go. Also, I receive text and email notifications so I never miss a payment.
If you’re looking for ways to simplify your life with technology, opt out of paper bills. Instead, try going digital.
2) Set automatic labels and filters for your emails.
Secondly, you can simplify your life by setting 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. That way, they don’t show up in my main inbox. However, I can still go back and read them whenever I want. Therefore, I can still be subscribed to all sorts of newsletters. But I can only see the more important emails right away.
Automating email labels and filters will definitely help simplify your life. So will keeping lists of your ideas and tasks!
3) Keep track of lists and ideas on apps like Microsoft To Do.
Then, you can simplify your life with technology by keeping digital lists and notes.
Microsoft To Do 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. Additionally, you can 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. This sound tells you that you’ve completed the task. Nothing is simpler and more satisfying than that!
If you love keeping lists and taking notes, check out the Microsoft To Do app.
4) Store and sync your apps and data across different devices.
Speaking of apps on multiple platforms, it was about time that we’re able to store and sync important data within the intangible “cloud.”
As I 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. Microsoft To Do, 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. Also, I 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!
Whether you’re an Apple or Android user, you can simplify your life with technology by syncing apps across different devices.
5) Download an organizer desktop wallpaper.
And finally, you can simplify your life with technology by downloading 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 have my files and folders organized by simple categories such as Important, To Do, In Progress, and To File. I did it loosely based on the Kanban board system. To learn more about Kanban boards, check out the explanatory post on Creately.
And believe it or not, but I created that desktop wallpaper myself! If you want this organizer desktop wallpaper for yourself, you can download it here. And if it’s not really your style, you can create your own organizer desktop wallpaper on Canva.
Those were 5 ways I use technology to simplify my life. First, I switched to paperless bills and bank statements. Second, I automated my emails filters and labels. Then, I started keeping track of lists and to-do items on my phone. Also, I synced my apps and data across multiple devices. And finally, I use a customized desktop wallpaper to keep my files organized. I hope you find these tips and ideas helpful.
How do you simplify your life with technology?
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