I’ve installed tons of apps and immediately deleted most of them for bad UX, intrusive behaviour or they were just totally useless. I’ve tried lots of online services, software, technological “innovations” all sorts of gadgets and most of them failed my expectations. That happens 99% of the time, yet the 1% that remain with me are priceless. They simply made my shopping, cleaning and cooking easier and faster. Not just that, but I feel better connected, in control of my finances and healthier. You too can optimise your life! Find out how:
Clean without having to clean? Try Rumba!
Cleaning is one of the daily tasks that my Virgo nature desperately wants to do but my Sagittarius Moon constantly fights. I wouldn’t say that I am a neat freak, I just prefer everything to be clean at all times because in a way this makes my life more organised. On the contrary, I really despise the long hours of this physical action called cleaning. Thus, I am obsessed with Robot Vacuum Cleaners. Rumba is one of the items that helps me daily. It was quite the amusement when they first met with my cat, the reason I need Rumba so badly. I love to turn it on while I make my morning coffee and leave it vacuuming while I get ready for work.
It is super convenient for people with busy schedules, who want their homes to be tidy at all times. On the contrary, if you have kids you can optimism. Rumba as a professional baby entertainer. If you don’t know what I am talking, you clearly have missed the viral videos of babies riding Rumba robots but don’t worry, I have already attached a video for you above.
Be efficient and productive, do your groceries from home via Amazon Alexa
It is Sunday afternoon. I am in the kitchen cooking my famous chicken with potatoes while listening to Cardi B’s new song. There is the compelling aroma of chicken with potatoes coming from the oven. It is almost 5 o’clock and I am waiting for my friends to come over. Everything is perfect. Wait! I forgot to get the drinks. What is a Sunday meal without a supporting aperitif?
- Alexa, order a 2 bottles of wine from Prime Now. – I’ve said. My friends would be here in exactly 2 hours, so will my 2 bottles of wine.
What an age we live in! You can literally have your personal assistant at home and order groceries whenever you need them. I personally get scared of the idea that robots would overtake us at some point, but if they can effectively take some responsibilities off my shoulders, I’ll gladly allow it.
Have every moment with you with Smart Photo Printer – Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-3
Not that this is the most modern invention of 21st century, but for a person like me, who loves capturing key moments by snapping a picture this is the coolest invention. Smart Photo Printers like the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-3 can connect to your phone and can instantly print the pictures you have selected. This allows me to get the perfect combination between the old school polaroid styles and the modern effects I add to my photos. I am never able to bring a camera with me during memorable moments. However, I always have my phone with me. I personally love taking amazing shots with my phone because afterwards I can choose which one of the 300 photos took is the best one. Resultantly, I can print the ideal picture and have this moment with me forever.
Honestly, this one time I was able to snap the most hilarious shot of my friend. She was riding a horse and believe me I don’t know how, but I was able to catch the exact moment when she fell off this horse. Let me tell you, this is a one in a lifetime shot, so I really did need to print it. Multiple times. And then give it to all of our friends. Because I just need to have some memories with you at all times.
Be heathy by knowing your physical activity with FitBid Charge 4
In 21st century everyone is obsessed with being healthy. We live in a world where we are constantly inspired to better ourselves by the idealistic body images presented on social media, by the influencers. Even though, it is very unnecessary to follow these certain standards, taking care of yourself should be a top priority. Counting steps and calories burned, providing data on sleep patterns and workout analysis, health tracking smartwatches are our best friend when it comes to implementing a balanced and healthy lifestyle. I am not saying that knowing all of this is a necessity when it comes to being healthy but being aware of my physical activity has definitely made it easier for me to stay on track with my goals.
Some of these tracking watches like the Fitbit Charge 4 not only provide you with information about your fitness but tell you how to improve yourself as well. At the end of my day I love checking my physical statistics and review what I could have done better. Ultimately, loving our bodies is important and we need to show them the deserved care.
Cook without knowing how to cook with Tefal Actifry Smart
Yet again we are going to be talking about product that can improve our health. Doing the physical activity is not enough when we are not consuming healthy food. Cooking with Smart products makes it this easy that even if you don’t have skills in the kitchen you can still enjoy a homemade healthy meal.
For example, my dad used to constantly order fast food because he didn’t have the time and he didn’t have any cooking skills. The few times he tried to prepare some really easy meals, ended in pantries being burned, but yet chicken being raw. I don’t really know how that was possible, but I guess some people just don’t have it in them. I was determined to help my old man to get on the healthy track and when I read about Tefal Actifry Smart I knew that I had to get it for him. It is controlled via an app. You can choose a recipe and the cooker would automatically know the right temperature and proper timing to cook the meal. Now that my dad has it his ego has grown quite a lot. He believes that he can go to a MasterChef competition due to his tasty meals. Not that I disagree or something, but for real that cooker makes miracles.
Be Smart with your Finances with iCard
Smart Banking is a must for me. I might be tidy and productive, but I am far from organised, especially with my finances. Digital wallets are the future, but what I can conclude from all of these products discussed, is that the future is actually now. I can save a lot of time by having everything online, and with digital wallet like “iCard” I never have to go to a bank. In addition, tracking my finances is important for me because I want to be organised with my spendings. The app easily reveals what I spend my money on and it helps me stick to my budget.
Finally, as an online shopper, Virtual Cards are my saver. Considering the data breaches and unethical ways companies use our data, I shop online with Virtual Cards only. Now that I don’t have to spend any time in banks, I can spend more time with my dad and help him prepare for the MasterChef competition.
Optimise your time at work with Zoom
This is not a gadget, but something that was highly demanded in the past year. Since this article is forming the picture of a smarter way of living, why not implement smarter meetings in our job routine. Let’s imagine a normal day at work. It always begins or ends with an office meeting. Most of the time this takes so much time because we need to organise multiple people to be in one specific location at the same time. Why do that when they can be all around the world with an open laptop and still be together? I personally prefer being physically in a room with people, but nowadays time is the one thing that we cannot buy, and that’s why we need to cherish it and save it for the most important tasks and things.Therefore, if we can save some time by organising virtual meetings, we should definitely take an advantage of this opportunity.
My personal favourite platform to use is Zoom. It gained popularity during the quarantine and almost everyone around the world knows how to use it. I enjoy the fact that we can have workshops and gain experience from colleagues that are on the other side of the country. This gives me so much more opportunities to communicate with people and explore new ideas.
Even though I mentioned it previously, writing this article made me realise we live in the so-called “future”. Technology is so advanced, and it is a big miss if we don’t incorporate these smart opportunities in our daily routine. Some of these apps and gadgets make our routine so much more efficient. It is important to acknowledge that we should always seek new opportunities and if it is possible to make our lives easier in a way, why not just do it?1