Creating A Digital Toolbox

October 10, 2023 | Blog

Computers, whether they’re on a desk or in our pockets as mobile devices, were designed — at least in part — to make life easier. And in many ways, they do. 


They give us directions, they remember things for us, they hold our place when we find something we want to remember while searching and they help us manage and implement workflow efficiencies. 


And shortcuts make all of those tasks even easier, keeping them within reach and acting as a digital toolbox without the need for users to have exceptional computer proficiency. The truth is technology progresses and evolves so quickly, it’s hard to keep track of all of the tools that are available and how to use them best. 


It wasn’t so long ago that computer users needed an unoccupied phone line to “dial up” the internet. Now, people carry the internet in their pockets, sending snaps, streaming movies and creating edited videos that can be shared with no need for a hardwire connection to the internet. 


Times have definitely changed and they will continue to. Here are a few ways to get the most out of the devices you’re using to make everyday life a little bit easier.


Bookmarking and favoriting. Web browsers and even applications have ways for users to drop bookmarks or create favorites that they can come back to reference later. And, if you’re logged in to Google, those bookmarks will transfer to logged-in browsing sessions on mobile devices, too — keeping those websites within reach if you’re on the go. Bookmarking and favoriting can come in handy for any number of reasons, from decorating themes to hairstyles to travel research and beyond. 


Cloud links. More and more, organizations are relying on cloud storage to keep files and information available in remote capacities — as opposed to the at-times cumbersome accessibility of traditional servers. Cloud storage, like iCloud, Google Drive and other services, allow for accessibility on the go. Shortcuts to those storage sites, on computers and mobile devices, make them even easier to access. It is important, however, to password-protect home screens on computers and mobile devices if organizational information could be accessed through them.


Scheduling. Most people know how to use calendars to schedule events for themselves and with others, but a number of applications help create scheduling efficiencies by giving external users access to other people’s calendars for the purpose of reserving time. This access eliminates the need for back-and-forth communication that can sometimes drag on over the course of several emails. 


Automation. The potential for AI and automation seems somewhat endless, since it is at-once the latest evolution for technology but also one that has slowly been integrating into everyday life — sometimes without us even knowing it. From a business perspective, automation can help with workflow, project management and the sales cycle in addition to providing a certain level of customer service. At home, smart devices — from lighting to HVAC systems — allow users to maintain control from a remote location. 


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