Just think: twenty years ago, how differently did we lead our lives, without the aid of smart devices? It’s mind-boggling to realize how completely modern living has been changed with the simple introduction of handheld, personalized technology. Many of us feel like we can’t live without our smartphones — we need to them to conduct business, communicate with our families, record our lives through photos and video, look up important information. Detractors might complain that we interact less with people face-to-face as a result, ignoring the people next to us on the train in favour of playing a game on our device. But by and large, the benefits of smart devices have outweighed the negatives, leading us to greater efficiency and knowledge in our lives.
Smart devices are revolutionising the way we organise our life — and we should be embracing the advantages of technology that our parents’ generation never had. From diets to cleaning schedules to budgets, we can stay on track to lead healthier, more organised lives. Here are some areas of day-to-day living where smart devices can make a significant, helpful impact:
Home Maintenance and Cleaning — Cleaning your home is literally a chore, but many apps out there make it a lot simpler, enabling you to devise a regular cleaning schedule share it with your family members and housemates, so they know what needs to be done. A wealth of online resources make it easy to find the solution to clearing blocked toilets, washing out stains, getting rid of ants, etc. And if you don’t want a DIY approach, smart devices make it a lot easier to find professional help and convey the problem by sending photos.
Budgeting — There’s nothing like an impartial third party (your smart device) to keep track of how you’re spending your money. Budgeting and accounting apps help you set a target of how much you’d like to spend, breaking it down further into categories like food, transport, entertainment, etc. And by keeping a faithful, honest tally on your app, you can stay on track and within budget. Apps also allow you to set a savings target, and every week or month assess how close you are to reaching it, and how you can change your spending habits to reach your financial goals.
Health and Biometrics — In a similar way, many nutrition and exercise apps help you log your daily intake and burning of calories, the hours you sleep, the number of paces you walk. As a result, you can see an honest portrait of your lifestyle, and ask important questions. Are you drinking too much alcohol? Could you be taking in more protein? Should you be doing more cardiovascular exercise? Are you sleeping enough during the week? Apps can give pointers on leading a healthier lifestyle, and who doesn’t want a fitter body and a longer life?
Transportation and Travel — With smart devices, we have a map of any place we want, right in our pocket. So there’s really no excuse for getting lost, especially with apps which provide detailed walking and driving directions. Even more useful are apps, which tell us how to navigate local public transportation, tracking the next train and bus departures and calculating the cost per route. And if you’re traveling farther afield, many apps help you book the optimal flight to your destination or find available accommodation on the nights you plan to be there.
Whether it’s travel, money, nutrition, or any other aspect of our lives, there’s probably an app out there to aid us. So don’t underestimate the power of the smart device to help us organise our lives for the better.