Thanksgiving has passed and I spent the day feeling grateful for my family, friends and good health. As I was in my turkey coma, I thought about what else I was thankful for. Surprisingly (or not), technology came to mind.
Although I say that technology can be my best friend and my worst enemy, I have to admit that it has truly enabled a better life and a more successful career.
With that in mind, here are the top three technology tools that have earned my gratitude:
1. My iPhone — Ensuring that I am always connected is both good and bad (more good than bad, as long as I unplug when appropriate). However, allowing me to remain connected allows me to take more frequent vacations and time off. I am able to answer e-mails, check phone messages, coordinate social calendars with my husband, keep up on social media, research on the fly, take pictures, purchase tickets, check on flights, listen to music, access a handy flashlight and play games! The cell phone is an amazing piece of technology and is the one I rely on most.
2. Microsoft Office Suite — I don't believe any one of us could get by without Outlook, Excel or Word (OK, maybe not some Mac users). When you add in Power Point, Publisher, Picture Manager, and Lync, you really do have a complete “office” solution. Though none of these programs are revolutionary, they were, early on (I remember using VisiCalc!) and, even now, represent the backbone of my work tools.
3. My DVR — This is a little silly for sure. But for relaxing and catching up on the latest crime show, it sure is nice to be able to watch any time and skip the commercials!
Let's face it; technology touches almost every part of our lives. And for the most part, it is a blessing.
Sheryl Rowling is chief executive of Total Rebalance Expert and principal at Rowling & Associates. She considers herself a non-techie user of technology.