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It is terrific to be thankful for your technology because it can make you more productive. Technology is commonly defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. Productivity is commonly defined as the ability of being able to generate, create or enhance goods and services. So, it makes sense that technology would help increase productivity. When you apply scientific knowledge to the creation or enhancement of a service, of course things should work better! There are a few major areas where technology can help increase productivity. These include:
1. Task Management – There are many people who still keep to do lists in paper form. This can be managed more efficiently with technology. On a paper tasks a must be re-written when they are changed or moved to a different day.If one discovers a task has three steps instead of two after writing a paper copy, the task must be re-written. This leads to mistakes, sloppiness and disorganization. Technology can help us be more productive by handling these chores faster and neater.
2. Advanced Voice Mail – Once upon a time, when phones were still attached to wires people had a device called answering machine. These machines recorded messages on cassette tapes that could be replayed later. Later answering machines stored messages digitally. Today, voice mail systems are more advanced. My voice mail for example will transcribe messages left for me and send me an email of each message as it is left. My system tells me when I miss a call and when messages are let. I have a record of every call received and every message going back six years. This has made it very easy to track conversations and follow-up with clients. Receiving emails of my messages on my cell phone, tablet and laptop make it easier or me to be productive by allowing me to receive these messages on the go.
3. Organizing Multiple Calendars – Today we are busier than ever. It seems that most people, at a minimum, have calendars for home, work, spouse and children. Paper calendars have a finite amount of space and sometimes it is difficult to fit everything into the space allotted. Digital calendars on the other hand allow for the addition of information without reducing readability. Additionally digital calendars make combining multiple calendars as easy as pie. Digital calendar maintenance helps us be more productive.
There are a great number of other tasks that technology helps make more productive including correspondence via email, scheduling, sign ups via things like Sign Up Genius and event planning through things like EventBrite. Each day there are new and exciting products and software applications that apply scientific knowledge to our lives and make it possible for us to be more productive.
In conclusion, it is terrific for technology because it can make you more productive. So, the question for you this terrific day is, what do you do to increase your productivity?