My love of the fresh start that Jan. 1 brings is on par with my enjoyment of raising a glass of bubbly at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The new year always feels so full of promise: new opportunities and healthier habits abound. But of course, in my job, my list of resolutions is not about running marathons and creating more closet space for my boyfriend (though I’ll be doing that too!), it’s also about creating better tech habits. So, here are my top five tech resolutions for 2014:
- I’ll stop stealing other people’s juice. Walking around asking if I can get a charge makes me feel just a tad bit creepy – but a gal needs to keep that smartphone battery running. This year, I’ll finally spring for a battery boosting case to get me through conferences and epic shopping adventures alike.
- I’ll become an awesome navigator. I tend to call shotgun on roadtrips, and with good seating comes great responsibility. But I also have a terrible sense of direction, so it’s time to start putting my cell’s GPS to good use, take advantage of our U.S. roaming rate, and let my maps app find the nearest coffee rather than circling random neighbourhoods hoping for the best.
- I’ll be gentler with my devices. While I don’t work in the field, I’m probably still a good candidate for a rugged device like the Cat B15. In addition to dropping a couple of phones in the bathtub, smashing a few screens on concrete and regularly splattering my cell with cookie batter, my devices also go through all the regular wear and tear of the nomophobe. In 2014, I’ll try to keep my handset carefully protected with a case and safely tucked away in my purse, rather than balanced atop my coffee cup when winding my way between meetings.
- I’ll watch all those saved videos. I record shows and save them, promising myself that I will, eventually, catch up on all those programs. I’m going to have a few solid snowy night marathons then start fresh with new series! Check out the new TV Recommendation App for NextBox 3.0 for suggestions on what to watch now.
- I’ll de-clutter my coffee table. It’s currently buried under stacks and stacks of magazines I keep meaning to read, clip and recycle. I’m going to take it digital in the new year with Next Issue Canada. The all-you-can-read digital magazine service is available on iPad, Android and Win8 devices, and gives you access to more than 100 of the world’s top magazine titles, starting at $9.99 a month for monthly issues plus digital back issues. My coffee table, and my long-suffering, clutter-phobic boyfriend, will both breathe a sigh of relief.
What are your tech resolutions for the new year?