Career, Empowerment, Technology

There’s An App for That!

How do people live without technology? I’m trying to remember a time when I had to rely on my memory or post it notes to remind me of appointments I had. I remember getting in trouble in class because I was rushing in the morning and forgot my flash drive in the computer. Just a couple of years ago, I remember sitting in my living room wishing I could attend a presentation; but instead, I was at home with my kids.

Technology eliminates excuses. End of story. You tell me an excuse and I’ll find an app, software, or program that will take care of it. People forget about meetings or the details of the meeting (who they are meeting with). Microsoft Outlook, iCalendar, Google Calendar, and Cozi eliminate the excuse of missing appointments or not remembering who they are with or where they are because our phone, tablet, or computer reminds us. We can even give ourselves an hour or 30 minute prompt before the meeting.

I can’t be in two places at once.” Actually, you can. Business people are in meetings and do not always have the money to travel. Technology allows people to meet, in real time, through video calls. This eliminates the excuse for the mother who has to be at home with her kids and is unable to attend a meeting, the college students with a group project that does not have the transportation to get to and from a location, the CEO that has non-stop meetings all day and is unable to leave their office because of the time wasted to travel to and from the location. What is even greater is that technology allows a PowerPoint Presentation or software training to be shared through video calls where the audience can receive the information without leaving their home or office. Google Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting, Tango, Facetime are just a few ways to be in two places at once.

I left my flash drive at home”, “I have it on my computer at the office”, or “I made the changes but they didn’t save to my flash drive”. There is no longer an excuse for inefficiency in productivity. Techies have eliminated the need for excuses on why homework could not be turned in, a presentation could not be given, and a business plan could not be on-hand 24/7. With technology that is available “in the cloud”, individuals have access to their information, in real time, all the time. Dropbox allows users to save their files and access them on their desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.

As a society people have become terrible at being lazy. It’s not about laziness anymore; it’s become an epidemic of mediocrity. It’s easier to make excuses than it is to take ownership and be a productive individual in life. People are walking around with phones that have personal assistants, yet they don’t even know how to use them. Why would a company pay for an individual to sit at a desk, schedule appointments when their phone can schedule and remind them for free?

The next time you think about why you CANNOT do something, get on Google and type in “app for….”. Most recently I found an app that creates “recipes” of “If, Then”- the same way a Microsoft Excel formula works with “if, then”. I have created a recipe “if there will be thunderstorms tomorrow, then send me a message”. No excuses, only efficiency!