This post is sponsored by Xfinity. All opinions expressed are my own.
It seems like people are always trying to get themselves in good shape. So, how come we can’t do the same with technology? I think it’s time we all get ourselves in good technology shape!
To get you started, I’ve put together a technology workout for you, complete with warmup and cooldown. If you can make it through the entire workout, you will be in good (or at least better) technology shape than you were before. Let’s get started!
Learn how to use the voice feature on your remote control. Does your remote control have a microphone button that allows you to do voice searches? If so, take some time to learn how to use it. It can save you a ton of time.
I use the voice search feature on my Xfinity X1 Voice Remote all the time. Here’s just one example of how much time it saves me. If I want to watch the show Westworld on HBO, I just hold down the microphone and say, “Westworld”. I am immediately presented with an option to view all the episodes for Westworld.
On the flip side, without the voice search, I have to press the Xfinity button, click on Demand, find the HBO network and then browse HBO’s list of shows until I find Westworld.
Which way do you think gets me in better technology shape?
Once and for all, commit to backing up your computer. Yes, I know you say you do backups because you bought an external USB hard drive, but are you really keeping up with them? Or worse yet, are you doing nothing at all?
Get in good technology shape by purchasing a Carbonite Safe subscription and let Carbonite handle everything for you, automatically. Sure, you’ll have to pay an annual subscription fee, but what price would you be willing to pay to get all your documents, photos, music and videos back if you woke up one day and they were all gone?
Take better care of your email inbox. Do you have hundreds, or even thousands, of emails in your inbox? Get in good technology shape by mass deleting emails you don’t need. Then set up filters to automatically send low-priority incoming emails to a “Maybe Later” folder. The goal is to have only high-priority, important emails in your inbox.
While you’re at it, unsubscribe to those emails you never read. If you never asked for the email in the first place, take advantage of the spam reporting features of your email to make sure you don’t receive any further emails from that sender in the future.
Learn how to download new apps. Whether it’s learning how to use the App Store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android device, take the time to learn how to find new apps and how to install them on your device.
If you’re an Xfinity subscriber, look for the Xfinity Stream app. This app lets you watch a ton of live and on-demand shows and movies on your smartphone or tablet. It’s like having a portable television on the go.
Plus, with the Xfinity Stream app, there’s no more excuse to be bored on the treadmill. Prop your smartphone or tablet on the treadmill, slip on some wireless headphones and get in shape and in good technology shape at the same time!
Go hands-free with your phone in your car. If you are holding your phone in your hand while you are driving, you are definitely not in good technology shape. If your car has a built-in Bluetooth connection, Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto, learn how to use it. If you have trouble figuring it out, take your car to the dealer and ask them to set it up for you.
You’re only in good technology shape if you are truly hands-free and not distracted by your phone while driving your car.
If your car does not have a built-in connection for your phone, consider a third-party, hands-free Bluetooth wireless speaker from Amazon.
Stay on top of your credit card and banking transactions. We live in a fast and furious digital world. If you’re not careful, digital thieves can steal your credit card or banking login information and cause major financial problems.
Get in good technology shape by downloading the apps for your bank and credit cards. Then enable as many alerts/notifications as you need in each app to make sure you are notified the second something happens with one of your accounts. The faster you know, the better technology shape you will be in.
If you want more information on what kinds of alerts you can set up for your bank and credit cards, check out Noobie’s presentation, Protect Yourself with Banking and Credit Card Alerts.
Do you use the Wi-Fi network names assigned by your internet provider? Boring! Instead, have fun with them and personalize them to something more your style.
If you’re an Xfinity subscriber, this is a breeze Just follow these simple instructions.
Stuck trying to think of a fun Wi-Fi network name? Here’s Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing:
- No Free Wi-Fi For You
- Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi
- Look Ma, No Wires!
- Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Lan
- Keep it on the Download
- Help, I’m Trapped in a Router!
- 99 Problems But Wi-Fi Ain’t One
- Wi-Fight the Inevitable
- The Promised LAN
- Silence of the LAN
- I Pronounce You Man and Wi-Fi
- Wi Believe I can Fi
As with any workout, be sure to ease into your routine. Even just a little technology workout each day will eventually pay off in dividends and have you in good technology shape in no time!