It's amazing to sit back and think about all the ways in which computers have advanced and managed to simplify every day tasks. With the click of a mouse, you can pay bills online, find pertinent advice, and so much more. These are five ways in which computers can drastically simplify life.
Manage Finances Online
Gone are the days where having a grip on your budget meant organizing mountains of receipts, spreadsheets, and check books. Web applications like Google Docs or Quicken are powerful systems for managing personal, family, or business finance. Bills can be paid, transactions can be recorded instantly, budgets can be planned anywhere from your desk at home to wherever mobile your phone has access to a data network. I personally have my budget set up on my own custom Google Doc system and I love it.
Working from Home
If you or your employees work on computer all day long, it's likely that you can complete some of that work at home while spending time with the family, or kicking back, watching SportsCenter.
Some people run their own businesses from their home and their entire network of operations takes place on their very own computer and server systems. Depending on the type of business, an organized server system can maximize the effectiveness of your operations.
Coordinate Family Events
Cheap, simple applications can turn the headache of coordinating a family reunion, weddings, or even every day house chores into an easy task. I recommend Trello because (1) it is free and (2) the program is excellent for turning dozens of people into an united, diligent team. Put down the cell phone and the calendar and jump into the organization of a project management computer program.
Shop Before You Shop
Pinterest.com. Any time you are looking for new outfits, a delicious recipe, or doing a small home renovation project, drop the magazines and recipe books and go to Pinterest for inspiration. It's essentially a big online warehouse of pictures that also happens to be a hub for creative geniuses. You can steal their ideas and take them to the store with you. Impress at home or at the office with the ideas you find.
Overall, it's amazing to think about what life would be like if computers ceased to exist one day. Not only would you lose these luxuries, but many corporations and organizations would crumble. If you're not already doing so, start getting the most out of your technology today!