In this day and age, it’s not possible to live without technology. Well, you could do it, but it would make life pretty difficult. Alas, it’s not as if everything related to technology is straightforward. As with most complex things, it can bring good and bad to your life. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a concentrated approach towards technology and how you bring it into your life. There are things you can do that’ll allow technology to elevate your life; other things you can do that’ll drag it down.
In this blog, we’re going to run through some useful tips that’ll ensure your technology works for you and not against you.
What Do You Need?
Everyone has different needs, in all aspects of their life. When it comes to technology, it’s easy to get sidetracked by all the different advertisements and latest models that are released. But it’s a good idea to look beyond what the company promoting the products are saying and figure out what you actually need. If you end up buying more than you need, then you’ll only end up wasting money!
Invest in Quality
However, for those things that you do need, then it’s important to look at investing in quality. There are plenty of cheap models on the market, but remember that they tend to be cheap for a reason. In many cases, the cheapest phones, laptops, tablets, and so forth offer a false economy. They might not cost you all that much to purchase, but they also won’t last so long. That’ll mean that you’ll end up having to replace them sooner than you’d like, ultimately costing you more money. Plus, if you buy quality devices, then you’ll get to enjoy all the features and other benefits that they bring.
There’s no avoiding the fact that technology can be expensive. Indeed, in the tip above, we actively recommended that you spend more than you may initially be inclined to spend. And in many cases, the device is just the first expense. If you have a Macbook, for example, you might end up spending more to download the best applications, as well as all the streaming services that are available. While you’ll never be able (or even want) to get rid of these expenses entirely, there are things you can do that’ll help to keep the costs down. The first step is to simply think about all those subscription services you’re signing up for. Individually, they may not cost that much; but altogether, they can amount to a small fortune.
Find the Right Browser
You’ll primarily be using your devices to access the web. But did you know that your experience of the web can vary greatly? It all depends on the browser that you’re using. If you’re still using Internet Explorer, for example, then there’s no avoiding the fact that you won’t be getting the optimal internet experience. Most people prefer to use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. It’s a good idea to play with all the different browsers that are available to you. You might just find that the one that you haven’t been using is the one that works best!
Keep Things Organized
You can think of your devices in the same way as you would your home. If your home was dirty and cluttered, then, of course, you would not be quite as happy spending time there. Similarly, if your computer is all disorganized, then you’ll find it much more difficult to navigate your way around the device. To keep things organized, it’s a good idea to, first, delete all those items that you no longer need. You can also invest in software that makes it easier to manage your open/save dialogs. That way, you’ll be able to easily access those all-important, frequently used folders.
Create Your Workspace
It’s not just the technology you’re using that’ll impact the experience. Where you’re using it will also have an impact on your experience. There’s a big difference between using a laptop on your bed and using it at a desk. Of course, the latter option is better. If you take the first, then you’ll be physically uncomfortable, and you could also ruin your relationship with your bed (and we all know that that’s important!). If you have to work from home, then it’s worthwhile creating a set working space. Ideally, this would be in a standalone room, like an office. But if that’s not possible, then set up a space somewhere else. You’ll find that it’s much easier to spend the day working when you’re not doing so in a place that’s usually reserved for relaxation.
There’s no such thing as the perfect piece of technology. Even the expensive ones run into problems. When they happen, it’s recommended that you fix the issue as soon as possible. Many of these problems you’ll be able to correct yourself; for the others, just take it to a computer shop. It’s also worthwhile in a little bit of spring cleaning from time to time — you can extend the life of your machine by keeping it up to date with the latest software releases, for instance.
When to Upgrade
There’ll come a point when your device just isn’t performing as well as it used to. While you may still technically be able to do all the work and so forth that you want to do, it might be an annoying experience, especially if the device is running slowly. Every few years, sell your device for whatever you can get for it and invest in a new item.
Take a Break
Finally, be sure to take a break from time to time! It can be tempting to spend hours upon hours on our computers, but it’s not good for us. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on it! If possible, look at setting a couple of hours each day when you don’t use your machine.