How to Automate Your Daily Life

Thanks to today’s technology, it has never been easier to automate your daily life. From paying bills to buying groceries and more, 21st century technology is making our lives easier every day. Here are some simple ways that you can use technology to automate some of your daily activities.

If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you already have access to a smart assistant that can help automate your daily life in so many ways. Not only do these devices act as a Bluetooth speaker; they have many features that are both helpful and fun! They can tell you the weather or time, play your favorite music, set timers and reminders, make shopping lists, order items, tell jokes, answer questions, and interact with other smart devices in your home, such as TVs and thermostats.

Services like IFTTT can connect all your apps, devices and services to make your life easier! All you have to do is connect your apps and devices to IFTTT. Then, you can select from pre-made automations (called Applets) or customize your own. If you have an Apple device, there is a similar feature called Shortcuts.

Here are some examples of automations you can set up:

  • • Pause my Spotify music if Ring camera detects motion
  • • Automatically change your Twitter profile photo when you change your Facebook profile photo
  • • Text me the weather every morning
  • • Send me and email when Netflix updates their new releases

By setting up auto-pay for payments you regularly pay, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to pay your bills or missing a payment. Most companies, like cell phone carriers, utility companies, loans, subscription services and more, have an auto-pay option. With this feature, your monthly payment will automatically be taken out of your account on the date that you select. Your bank may also offer the option to auto-pay your bills.

Thanks to Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service, you can make sure that you never run out of essentials again. Items like toiletries, cosmetics, food, medications and more can be auto-shipped to your home on whatever schedule you prefer. You can even receive a 15% discount on certain items when you use their Subscribe & Save service. Many other websites also offer a similar service. Automating your deliveries can make your life simpler and give you one less thing to think about.

It can be easy to ignore those annoying update notifications on your devices, but ignoring them could decrease the lifespan of your devices. Operating system updates can improve security and performance, as well as give you more features! Most devices have the option to update automatically during the middle of the night. Device back-ups to a hard drive or cloud-based storage can also be automated!

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