Can you imagine being a store owner in the Wild West? Transactions and receipts were handwritten. Inventory was counted and manually put into a logbook. You didn’t even have air conditioning to cool off on a hot summer day! Thanks to technology, times have definitely changed. But are you making the most of the technology that you have?
One of the best ways that you can use technology for work is as a middle man, so to speak, between you and your clients. Sure, you can now reach out to clients instantaneously – but there’s more to it than that. Making your inventory numbers available online, in real time, will help your clients get the information they need without needing to wait for you. You can also use something like Calendly to schedule appointments when you are both available (instead of the back and forth of “Does Tuesday work for you? No? Well how about Wednesday? No?…”)
As mentioned before, communication has become much simpler than it once was. Emails have become one of the highest forms of communication in the modern age. Messaging apps such as Slack have made it easier to communicate with co-workers and team members. Of course, there’s also video conferencing, like Zoom and Google Meet. These give us more of a face-to-face interaction, which makes it easier to get our point across, since over half of communication is non-verbal.
Note taking and creating / editing documents is now easier than ever, as well. You can use a simple notepad app – on your phone, tablet, or almost any other digital device – to quickly jot down what you need. Thankfully, you can also be miles away from the office and still have the capability of editing a presentation that you started earlier in the day.
Utilizing technology to the fullest can truly make a difference in your stress levels. You can use all of these tips to be better organized while staying on top of your tasks. Plus, it’s important to stay with the times. Do you know how hard it is to get someone to fax something to you these days…?