One of things I have been thinking about lately is technology. Love it or loathe it, it’s here to stay. There are many forms of technology and most of it has evolved over time to what we have now.
Have you ever really thought about how much technology is in use in your everyday life? Not just mobile phone, smart watches, social media, or computers – but fridges, freezers, cars/trucks, tv’s, washing machines, dryers, heaters, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners…even the humble broom and hammer has “technology”.
According to the Collins Dictionary “Technology refers to methods, systems, and devices which are the result of scientific knowledge being used for practical purposes.”
Just about everything in your house can be considered “technology”. But only a portion would be classed as “modern technology”.
So how does the modern technology influence or affect our lives and well being?
I would like to think that most of the “modern” technology has a positive influence over our lives and saves us time and energy. For example – the introduction of cars/trucks/trains/planes and other modes of transport has allowed us to move around and travel far from our homes and in comfort. The same as the technology of the internet, phones, video calls, social media allows us to communicate with many people far and wide (not just in our immediate households or communities). Other technology such as washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, heaters have all helped us on a practical level to have clean and dry clothes, clean dishes and warm our houses. It has made our lives more comfortable and freed up our time to focus on other tasks.
“Older” technology such as hammers, brooms, hand drills, fire, nails, saws, rope, wire, pencils etc has allowed us to understand the basics and build from it. And it also serves as a reminder that you don’t need all the bells and whistles to get a job done – just the right tool and elbow grease!
In business we can often get overwhelmed by all the technology choices available to us and it can be difficult to know what is for us, what will work in our business and what will just waste our time. If you go looking, you will find all sorts of programs, apps, systems, gurus that can sort, organise and claim to increase business and productivity…but at what cost?
Before a system can be organised and managed, you will need to have an understanding of what tasks or items need to be organised in the first place! There is no point getting an organising system for nuts and bolts if what you need is a data management system or an email marketing process and system.
If you have process you would like to have organised or a system put in place and it feels a little overwhelming, this is where a virtual assistant can you help out. We use a variety of “technology” in our own businesses and quite often have tried and tested many others. Feel free to contact me and I will be happy to have a chat with you.