Over time, technology has revolutionized the way we live our lives. It has brought a great deal of tools and devices such as smartphones and smartwatches, all kinds of mobile applications, helping us stay connected, well-informed and entertained. As a result, technology is embedded deeply not only in our personal but professional lives as well.
My technological story revolves around two simple but fundamental changes, which upgraded my daily routine as well as bettered my academic performance. They turned around the way I was doing some mundane activities by making them far more enjoyable and effortless.
#1 My life as a student:
Taking notes by hand < taking notes on a laptop
Being a first-year student was both a pleasure and chaos. On the one side, I got to experience moving to a completely different environment, where I was no longer a mere student but a responsible individual, stepping into adulthood. On the other side, the first couple of months of being a freshman were very chaotic and stress-inducing in terms of getting to know my new surroundings.
The most challenging thing for me was getting familiar and comfortable with how the teaching was structured. All these lectures on topics I had little to no knowledge of, different professors having all kinds of expectations. At first, I was taking all my notes by hand. That was how I used to do it back in high school. On a regular day at uni, however, I have to attend plenty of lectures, covering an overwhelming amount of information. I tried dealing with the information flow by writing everything down so I could remember as much of it as possible. It turned out I had no comprehension of what speed was before uni – the professor talks and switches through slides so quickly, I stood no real chance of noting down everything. As a result, I decided to start bringing my laptop to the lecture hall so I could take my notes on it. I started seeing the difference right away.
Firstly, by using my laptop, I utilize the power of both hands. Instead of writing with a single pen and just one hand, I can use all my fingers and have the letters form after a single touch. I took me some practice, but now I can proudly say I type with the speed of light. Well not exactly, but my results are getting better and better – last time I checked, I typed 65 words per minute. If you are interested, you can check your typing speed too.
Secondly, I avoid the risk of losing an important note. I sometimes had to use a single piece of paper when I had no notebook with me. It was a nightmare having to keep that paper safe until I needed it. Once I started using my laptop, however, all my notes were one click away and I had easy access to them whenever needed.
This leads to the third improvement – organization. With the help of my laptop, I have all my resources neatly systematized. For instance, based on topic, days, importance etc. I no longer had to feel troubled by overpacked folders or tones of research papers. I felt so free, honestly.
Last but not least – multitasking. Since I get easily sick, more often than not, I had to skip lectures and stay at home. In such cases, I had to watch lecture recordings and take notes while sitting on my desk. Being deprived of the comfort of my bed when ill is a nightmare. Since I started using my laptop, my suffering came to an end. Having a word document on the one side of my screen and a lecture recording on the other, allowed me to stay in bed for as long as I needed. Honestly, laying down is my ultimate recovery move.
#2 My life as a young adult:
Regular wallet < Digital wallet
Generation Z stands for being the most educated and sophisticated generation, which is funny, considering how forgetful and distracted I can be at times. Being a responsible grown-up is a trait I have yet to polish.
When leaving the house, there are so many things I have to take with me: keys, phone, wallet, car keys, and most recently – a mask. Every time I inevitably leave something behind, however, one thing that I always have is my phone. Considering this, I wanted to try and bring together some of the things I need on a day to day basis. Since technology is something I know from birth, I decided to combine my smartphone and my wallet, making fewer the things I have to remember. Introducing a digital wallet into my daily routine was something simple, however, it brought a big deal of changes.
For starters, using a digital wallet is space- and time-saving. Having all my payment cards stored in an app eliminated the need of keeping countless papers inside my purse and decreased its size considerably. Moreover, the app limited the time I wasted while searching for the correct amount of money. When shopping online, I can now copy-paste my card details rather than enter them manually. These are just small things, but they make life a lot easier.
Another advantage is the enhanced security. Digital wallets encrypt your data and do not share it with third party organizations. Furthermore, any transactions must be confirmed with your fingerprint or passcode. My smartphone’s Face ID security system adds additional protection. In case I lose it, it would be far harder to access my money compared to losing my regular wallet.
Additionally, iCard introduced me to virtual card payments. Virtual cards offer further protection when making online purchases. By using such a card, I avoid giving access to my primary account plus I have the option to freeze and unfreeze it in case of data breach. I use it also to maintain my Netflix and Spotify subscriptions as the cards are not disposable. This means that I can use them countless times rather than having to order a new one after each transaction.
Lastly, special rewards. iCard’s app provides me with special offers and discounts (which are available only within Bulgaria), allowing me not only to pay with ease but also to take advantage of some pleasant perks. A further feature is that I can digitalize all my loyalty cards, making grocery shopping far more convenient and inexpensive.
There you have it! These are my two very straightforward ways which can simplify your daily or student routine by keeping you close to your central habits and attitudes.3