Every day I take a look at what I am doing and ask myself, is there a better way to do this? Technology is allowing improvements in our everyday life, it just takes a little time upfront to find and use these improvements effectively and efficiently. One of the more common current technological advances that if used appropriately and consistently are various apps available on smart phones. Please do not confuse time savings discussed below with the time sucking apps also available, such as Angry Birds and other popular games! 🙂 As I have mentioned in my first blog, if you can find efficiencies in one part of your life, it will leave time for other interests you may have (like finding out how to beat level 1 of Carnival Upheaval in Angry Birds Rio, one of my most time sucking apps, but hey its FUN!)
This topic was brought up by several co-workers and friends as being a way they save time in their everyday busy schedule. So I sent out a request to them to tell me what Apps save time for them.
Here are the results:
1) List Apps: Most of these were grocery apps but used to the max. One respondent mentioned an app called “Our Groceries”. This app allows you to have a list for each store of your choice so that you can organize quickly and efficiently what you need and where you need to get it. Another great feature of this app is that it allows you to link to others users, such as a spouse, or other household member with a smart phone. This is an easy way to have a complete household list of things needed, especially if there is one main buyer in the house. See my previous blog: “Creating Efficiencies with Lists…”
2) Barcode Scanner Apps: Not only can you save money on items by price shopping different stores, there are some apps that you can actually scan an item that you might not buy everyday or are more on the pricey side and it will alert you when they are on sale.
3) Travel Organizer Apps: These are great apps for keeping all your travel documents in one place and electronically. No more digging through bags to find you confirmation for your rental car, hotel, or flight information. You can have it all at a touch of a button.
This list is just a few of the main items I have received so far and that I currently use. In the future I will pass on any additional items that I either stumble across or are referred to that will help you create an effective and efficient life!