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Use Your Technology in A New Way at Home

My son, the twelve-year-old, is a technocrat, in other words, he wants everything to be exact and well-defined. In the past I would give him a list of chores to do. I would tell him what I wanted and invariably, he would “forget” half the list. When we would ask him to write the list down it would take forever. Now I send him a text message of the chores I want him to do. This works wonderfully! We get to tell him exactly what we want done, it is there for him to see and we have record of exactly what was asked. It makes it easier to determine what was done and whether or not things were completed.

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Most smart phones have features that create photos, videos and voice recordings. My son loves, absolutely loves, those features. When his little sisters are getting on his nerves, he turns on the voice recorder or video recorder to capture the entire incident. While these recordings help his sisters get in trouble more often, he gets in trouble less often because he has to be good on the recording since it is evidence.

In addition, the Skype feature is great when we go to the store to get things for other family members. Instead of being confused about what a person wants, it is easy to call each other via Skype, show the items in question and get questions answered. It is so cool!  These are just a few of the ways our family uses our smart phones to communicate in smarter and quieter manner!

It is fantastic to find ways to use your technology to make life easier at home by using some tricks from work. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, how are you going to use your phone to make life better at home?

Here are some other articles on ways to use technology to make life better:


Cell Phone Camera – Use Technology in a New Way –

While the camera on the typical cell phone will not replace a professional grade camera, it is more than sufficient for many purposes.  The following are some great uses for the camera on your cellular phone:
  • Comparison Shopping
  • Parking Lot Assistant



5 Ways to Use Your Technology to Work Smarter Not Just Harder

Entrepreneurs are tasked with many things over the course of the day. For example, one must save receipts, take notes at meetings, keep appointments, complete tasks and review documents. All these things are made simpler with a few pieces of technology that easily fits in a pocket.  [Read More . . . ]

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  • These are great tips! I already use my phone on some level to keep track of certain events, etc, but I definitely need to utilize it more and put some of the tips to good use!

  • My kids are always texting me while they are home. I must admit that I do it as well. I also control our house alarm through my cell phone and love the convenience.

  • My 15 yr old calls me from her phone (in the house), lol. I laughed at your daughter texting. :)

  • It is amazing how much I use my phone. Hard to imagine life without it. It is funny how much we use our phones even in our house. Texting - Music - Reading - Game playing

  • Ha! I like how you use your smartphones at home. I can only imagine how much easier it must be. My son is very young right now so I won't be able to experience this benefit for a while, but I can see how I would have enjoyed this even when I was younger. :)

  • Only in the last couple of years have I really gotten into using my phone more. Really starting to get into the swing of things now ;)

  • I live by my Google calendar on my phone. I can add all of my work related events in one color and also have a shared calendar in another color for family events. As soon as an event, meeting, practice, or appointment is made, it goes into the family calendar.

  • I think that is hilarious that your son uses his phone to record the evidence against his sisters!!! I think kids should use technology as much as possible to make their lives better! It has made our lives so much better :)

    • Yes, he does record his tattles! In all fairness, he does warn them in advance he is going to record them.

  • Great ways to use the phones... I always seem to "get lost" in the stores and malls.

    • Oh my goodness. I did not even mention how many times I have called my teenager or my husband in a big store to find out where they were!

  • Yup we use our phones all the time in our house. Okay like A LOT! lol

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