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Better tech habits: 4 New Year's resolutions for 2019

Needless to say, I love technology and it's always great to be able to test new devices and features every year. I do realize, however, that technology and my habits of always being connected lead me to stray away from good manners and special moments with those close to me.

I can say without any doubt that technology simplifies my everyday life. My smartphone is an irreplaceable companion for me (last year spending a week with the Nokia 3310 was really tough). However, there are some things I can improve upon in the new year.

No phone at the table and in bed

I know that placing your smartphone on the dining table is a bad habit, as well as a very uncool gesture towards the people who are sitting next to you. I know this is true, but I do it anyway. I pick up my phone and then place it next to my cutlery. I don't always do this, but sometimes I peek at notifications. It's also nice to have it handy for taking ritual photos of the food in front of me...

Yet, in 2019 I want to commit to leaving my smartphone in my bag - away from the table and the bed. The blue light filtering mode on the display helps to at least limit sleep disturbances, but when I start watching videos on YouTube or snooping around on Instagram, I can't stop. And if I can't get to sleep right away, I can't resist the temptation of checking the time on my smartphone, which inevitably leads to reading my WhatsApp messages, if I have any.

I decided that in 2019 I will leave my smartphone in the living room and use the alarm on the Google Home Mini I have in the bedroom. In general, I want to enjoy the moments and the people around me. There are situations that leave their imprint on you and it's a shame to interrupt the moment and atmosphere to take a picture on your smartphone and post it on social media.

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Do you also use your smartphone before bed? / © Ira Efremova, AndroidPIT

More smartphones, less paper

Thanks to smartphones, you can avoid the unnecessary waste of paper. Reservations, tickets for events, flights and concerts can often be downloaded directly onto your smartphone and kept with dedicated apps known as wallets.

Before going straight to the printer (when I'm in the office it's almost automatic), I want to commit to making sure that I actually need a physical copy of the document or if a PDF file on my smartphone is just enough. Sometimes, I admit - it's just laziness, but in the end I know that having everything on my smartphone is much more convenient, especially since more and more companies support the use of QR codes.

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You don't have to print everything out! / © AndroidPIT

Goodbye Facebook, for real

I still have a Facebook account even though I've barely used it in the past year. I used to post photos or articles of interest, but now I just open it to have a look at events going on. I suppose it's still useful from this perspective, but if you consider all the privacy problems that Zuckerberg's platform has had this year, I think it's not worth visiting the site anymore.

Uninstalling the app on your smartphone makes it easier to shake the habit of checking Facebook (and you'll save your smartphone's precious battery life), but maybe the best thing to do is just to delete your account altogether.

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Goodbye Facebook! / © Shutterstock, AndroidPIT

Getting my mailboxes in order

This time of year can be stressful, both in your work life and private life. I'll often leave emails unread because they aren't important (such as subscriptions to sites that I haven't followed for years and tons of ads), but sometimes it's difficult to tell if something is important at first glance.

In 2019, besides cleaning up useless emails still lingering in my inboxes, I want to commit myself to cancelling subscriptions to useless services, pages and groups, so I don't find myself in the same situation next December.

These are my four simple resolutions for 2019. What are yours? Let me know in the comments.

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  • I use two different email apps for two different accounts from two different email providers.
    I use Nine mail app for my outlook account and Aqua mail Pro for my Google account. Yes 😁, I did pay for both the apps, because I wanted an enhanced experience of managing emails and newsletters (like my favorite Android Pit)
    on my smartphone. I follow the same philosophy for all other apps, like dictionaries, educational apps, photo and video editing, games and puzzles, tools and utilities, business applications like document scanning apps, office apps, lifestyle apps, browsers (Puffin Browser Pro, Naked Browser pro) Navigation (Sygic etc), audio and video players, podcasts and wallpaper apps, ebook readers, file managers, etc etc.......I pay for them for the best experience. 😀

    Anyways, I use Outlook from Microsoft for managing newsletter subscriptions and for personal communication because of its ability to automatically move messages to desired folders, its intuitive and clean interface, and perks large attachment size and 1TB storage.
    I use Google Gmail for managing banking related activities because Google provides best spam protection and security.

    Have a great day friends, Hare Krishna 🙏
    😊😊


  • Mark
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    2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I have never used Facebook. I have used my phone in bed but try not to most of the. If anyone brings a phone to the Table, I will run it though the dish washer. I wouldn't want them to leave with sticky phone.


  • Alex 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    "smartphone on the dining table is a bad habit" the #1 reason - you can't feel real taste of delicious food, your brain doesn't understand what to do.. finally, news you accept is difficult to go through


  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Automate the mundane tasks.


  • I never installed the FB app, opting instead, for just using their mobile site, m.facebook.com
    You won't have it running in the background, sucking your battery down, not to mention the tracking issues with the app. (even though I run a VPN anyway)


    • Friend please can you tell me which VPN do you use and which according to you is the best VPN?
      Since I don't use public WiFi and rely on mobile data (1.5 GB/day on Sim 1 and 1.4 GB/ day on Sim 2) for outdoor usage, I never felt the need to use VPN. I also feel VPN app contributes to additional power consumption and reduced SOT (on smartphone) to a small extent.