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It seems like the more we’ve progressed over the last couple of decades, the more difficult our lives have become in certain aspects. Many people are convinced of that despite the fact that we have more options than ever before for tackling those complicated situations and making the most of them. For some, the sheer abundance of options is actually part of the problem – with so many solutions all around you, it can sometimes be difficult to see the ones that work best for your specific situation. So, let’s take a look at what you could do to simplify and improve your life with the help of some modern solutions.
Stop Stacking Up Those Browser Tabs and Notes
As our computers and smartphones get better, both in terms of memory and screen size, many of us have started to develop nasty habits that impede proper organization. You see an interesting article and decide that you want to come back to it later, so you leave the tab open. Next to it is a recipe from last week, preceded by a Facebook post from last month… and the list can quickly grow.
It’s a good idea to use something like OneNote, Notion, or Evernote if you recognize yourself in the above description. It can take a while to get the hang of organizing your life properly with these tools, but once you’re used to it, you’ll be wondering how you’ve managed to go on for so long without those tools. This can be a positive change for your computer too, especially if you’re using a less powerful machine.
Let a Virtual Assistant Take Over
Some underestimate the potential of apps like Cortana and lesser-known counterparts like Hound and Robin, but they can be amazing tools for getting rid of a large portion of the clutter that daily life brings. From organizing your appointments and important events, to sorting your notes, incoming messages, reminders, and more – all of this can be done with minimal manual input from you. And the more you do it, the more these apps will get used to your style and will be able to assist you in even more meaningful ways. Of course, be careful with the kind of data you share on those platforms – some people have the habit of providing these tools with too much of an insight into their daily lives, which can bring problems of its own.
Tackling the Challenges of Parenting
Co-parenting and dealing with divorce is often a huge burden on both parents. You have to make sure to prioritize the wellbeing of the children in this situation, even when the circumstances make that difficult. A good co-parenting app like Ensemble is a fantastic first step. It will allow you to keep track of the financial aspects of the situation without resorting to uncomfortable conversations in front of the kids. Ensemble’s features can make it easy to keep your mind at ease and focus on the other parts of the divorce proceedings.
Always ensure that you have an open communication channel to the other person too, even when emotions might make that more difficult. Remember that the long-term wellbeing of your kids should be your main priority here, despite how you might feel about the whole situation.
Keep Track of Your Finances from One Location
On the topic of finances, it’s not rare for the average modern person to have multiple bank accounts, credit cards, online payment tools, and more. Keeping track of all that can quickly become chaotic, even with a relatively small number of accounts, as long as they are all actively used. An app like Mint can allow you to easily keep track of multiple accounts, consolidate them in a single view, and know exactly where your money is going every single day.
This can be useful for multiple reasons. It can help prevent fraud – or at least allow you to catch it early enough – and it can also allow you to improve your spending habits by providing you with a more accurate overview of how you’re doing financially. It can be challenging to keep an eye on the big picture in your head when you have multiple different accounts to consider and using an app like that can completely transform your life if you’ve never tried it before. Just make sure to do enough research to find something that will support all of your accounts and profiles, as this can sometimes be a more challenging task than you’d expect.
All of these require some initial work to get them going, but once you’ve got the ball rolling, you’ll never want to go back to doing things the old–fashioned way. And the advantages of using multiple apps like these can quickly add up, as long as you give them a chance to become a regular part of your life.
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