We are fortunate to be living in an era where all the world’s knowledge and tools are at our fingertips. As with anything in life, there will be positive and negative uses to technology but we should all be confident that the pros outweigh the cons. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the ways you can use tech to improve your life in a number of ways.
Fitness & Health
One of the most common uses of technology to improve our lives is to get healthier and fitter. The goal to live a healthier lifestyle is born partly out of the ability to access so much more knowledge than ever before on the subject. Thanks to YouTube videos and websites dedicated to health, you can now explore what it means to live a healthier lifestyle and have a greater understanding of your body’s needs. Now, that can be taken advantage of by people who are looking to sell fad-diets and regimes. But we are more interested in the tech that is supporting progress.
Applications like MyFitnessPal provide the user with a diary and information so that they can get a clear breakdown of what is going right and wrong in their aim to be healthier. Having this tool on your smartphone should not be underestimated, you are getting real time feedback and expert advice which is something that simply didn’t exist 15 years ago. Technology doesn’t just have to refer to apps, there has been fantastic growth in the fitness market just as Fitbits and similar tech that allows you to record your workout like never before. While we might take some these advancements in tech for granted these days, we should all pause and think how you are given a greater chance at leading a healthier lifestyle through these tools than previous generations ever were.
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Career & Business
If there is a way to make money from it, business will be using it. That applies to everything and double to technology. As recently as the 1970s, most offices and companies around the world didn’t have access to a computer. Nowadays you can’t move for desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and all other sorts of equipment in the average workplace. That means there is also room to improve into the future and that is important for any worker to consider.
No matter who you are, the aim should be to work smarter and not harder. That doesn’t mean you aren’t a person with a strong work ethic, it just means you recognise how to get a healthy balance in the workplace. Thanks to technology the motto is easier to fulfil than ever before, particularly in areas that require collaborative work. The world has become a much smaller place in recent times, and business has made it so that works for them. You can now work closely with teams around the world in real time in a way that didn’t exist just a few years ago. This will end up leading, and has to a degree, to more specialist companies working in areas of technology as it becomes easier to provide IT vendor management and support.
Enhancing your career options has also become easier thanks to the growth of technology and that is something a lot of people are utilising. Here are two ways you might use the digital age to improve your career.
Online qualifications were just the beginning of how you can develop your education using technology. Where achieving a degree was once an option for people who could dedicate time to a full-time course, it is now possible to attain a certificate on your own schedule through online portals. No matter where you are in the world, the ability to develop your skills or learn new ones has is an attainable dream. For example, if you want to learn a new language it is as easy as downloading an app like Duolingo on your smartphone and committing to ten minutes a day. That sort of technology was unthinkable twenty years ago.
The world of freelance has always been there in some capacity, but it is now in reach for a lot more people. Websites like Fiverr and Upwork have created a who new generation of people who can use their skills to work towards building a portfolio of work in their dream field. So long as you have the dedication and ability to work your way up, these sites can become a viable source of income and even boost your CV for the future. In addition, there are also companies like Uber that give you the chance to work on a schedule that suits your needs. So whether you’re raising a family or working towards an educational goal as outlined above, your career doesn’t have to be a nuisance.
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We have already said above how the world is smaller than ever before, and no more true is this statement than when we look at travel and tech. Planes, trains, and automobiles have been the technology of travel for a long time, but now they are within reach at just the tap of your phone and so are the best deals. You can fly to the other side of the world with as little or as much research as you want to thanks to apps like Skyscanner and websites like Jack’s Flight Club and Scott’s Cheap Flights. The time and dedication it once took to book a journey to a different country just simply isn’t required anymore.
As well as being able to broaden your mind through travel in a much easier way than ever before, so too is the ability to share and enjoy your trip. Social media has a lot of critics, but one of its major pros is that families and friends can stay connected as they travel the world. Sharing your journey for inspiration or just vicarious living is not something that should ever be underestimated, so don’t be shy in taking a picture or sending a video.