Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
Some believe modern technology has complicated our lives. But I think it’s the exact opposite. You can use technology to simplify your life.
Here are 8 methods to simplify your life.
Get Rid Of The Paperwork
Getting your bills sent via snail mail is step one to simplify your life. You can sign up for paperless statements with all of your accounts. You can then get email notifications whenever you get a new bill so you can view it online if you need to.
If you’re still saving all of your old bills, get rid of them. There’s no need to keep your old electricity, gas and water bills. You can log in to your account and download past statements if you ever happen to need them.
For all your other paperwork, you can scan and digitally store any documents you want to keep. You can keep them both on your hard drive and on a cloud service like DropBox. Your documents will be much safer than keeping them in a storage box at home and won’t take up any space.
Automate Your Finances
Never be late on another payment by setting up for automatic bill pay. You’ll help the environment out by using less paper and ink. You’ll also save valuable time and money by not using your checks and stamps.
Opt to be paid by your employer by direct deposit instead of by check. Your money will show up on time every time, every two weeks on Friday like clockwork. No more dealing with lost or late checks and going to the bank.
Automate your savings by withdrawing a set amount every two weeks from your checking account to your savings account. Save $100 from every paycheck every two weeks and see your savings account grow automagically.
Bundle Your Services
Life is easier when you don’t have to pay so many bills. You can simplify your finances by consolidating various accounts into one. Many companies, like Time Warner Cable, offer telephone, cable tv and cable internet packages. By bundling these together you’ll also end up getting a better deal than if you purchased each service separately.
You can also combine your auto, life and home insurance companies as well. Again, you will get a discount by bundling these services together.
Quit Your Subscriptions
You don’t need to have the newspaper delivered to your doorstep every morning. You also don’t need to keep all those magazine subscriptions either.
You can now access their content online and view them on your tablet. You’ll still have to pay a fee, but won’t have all the clutter at home.
Don’t Buy Things You Don’t Need
Control your spending and stop buying things you don’t need. Sites like Groupon make us think we’re getting a good deal on things, but they don’t sell needs there, just wants.
Think carefully before you buy something whether you truly need it. Do you really need a portable bluetooth speaker, a memory foam bathmat or a custom photo printed on canvas?
Store Your Photos In The Cloud
You don’t have to keep all those photo albums stacked up in your garage or closest any more. You can help declutter your home by digitizing your photographs.
Get those old pictures out and scan them into your computer. Put the images on the cloud, whether it be Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google’s Drive, Flickr or on DropBox.
Your photos will be viewable on any device, at any time you want.
Utilize Apps On Your Smartphone
To make your life simpler, use apps on your smartphone to your advantage.
- Make use of the calendar app and get rid of your day planner.
- Create reminders to notify you at the appropriate date, time and even location.
- Make grocery store lists or even a financial goals list on your phone with the Wunderlist app.
- Use the Evernote app to store notes, links and images.
Sell Your Things On eBay Or Craigslist
If you have large items you need to get rid of, like an old couch, use Craigslist to sell or give it away. For smaller items, eBay is your best bet.
If you have a drawer full of old cell phones and digital cameras, list them on eBay using your smartphone. Just a few taps, take a picture and you’re all set.