I’ve been thinking a lot lately how the technology of our smart phones and automation of several things has made an impact on my life. With a little organization and planning (which I love) I feel I can get a lot more done in less time.
Several examples are – One of my dogs has some food allergies and the pet store by me kept changing the treats they carried. I found the ones she likes that are on her “approved list” online and I’ve schedule the reorders for when I need more. Hence – cutting down on a trip the pet store.
Another example I’ve been using for years now is the automatic bill pay. I love how I can schedule when bills paid on certain dates vs writing the check and putting it in the mail. I can even do this from my phone or make a deposit without having to drive to the ATM, again a huge time saver.
My last example is new one for me. I’ve found I can schedule these blog posts to post at the same time every week. So if I actually get one done early…before my assigned posting time, I don’t have to log in to post it sometime Thursday night. I can schedule it for my preferred time and work on other things or just relax. Same thing with the Facebook page I’m managing for the Golden Retriever Rescue group I’m volunteering for. I can schedule the posts out as far as I want. I’ll typically sit down on a Sunday and schedule out a week’s worth of stories, pictures and interactive posts through the next weekend. Then I don’t have to worry about getting on to Facebook during the week to add content. I can even go on vacation and no one will know any difference!
BUT earlier this week the Today Show reminded me there’s always a dark side to things. There was a segment this week that made me see a different perspective on the advances of automation and technology. It’s the controversy of airline pilots relying too much on automation. It’s believed automation has made flying safer…until there is a problem and the pilots have a hard time reacting in an emergency. They spend most of their time observing that they lose touch of some of their skills. Then it made me think about all the people who have lost their jobs because a computer has replaced their manual skills.