With the fast-paced, mostly digital life that seems to have permeated every corner of our existence, I say harness the myriad of capabilities and use them to your advantage. While I find myself mostly glued to my cellphone throughout the day, though I severely limit that around my daughter, I have found three helpers that make our day-to-day lives easier.
There was a period of time, albeit when we were younger and more social, when my husband and I would regularly double-book our nights out, by accident. Now it revolves more around scheduling pick-ups and trying to figure out how to manage my husband’s work travel with what meals to cook for the week. It’s all relative. That said, throughout it all, we both share our calendars with each other through Gmail. While that may not be your preferred platform, using some form of a shared calendar (or sending calendar invites) makes it much easier for you personally. We no longer have to “check” with one another about scheduling something, since all of the info is readily available.
There are numerous password managers out there, so do your research about which one fits your needs. Our app (1Password) offers logins, credit cards, bank accounts, notes, etc. We are comfortable with what this app offers as far as security features. The benefits to this have been endless, especially when there is a shared family account (hello Amazon Prime) or when one of us needs to do something for the other. If you’re squeamish about someone seeing all of your information, this app allows for public and private vaults.
Shared Grocery Lists:
My husband and I share a grocery list via iCloud. Whenever we run out of something or want something in the next shopping trip, we add it to the list. While not everyone is an iPhone user, I’m sure there are other apps that can provide the same. This has been helpful, especially when one of us is unexpectedly near a grocery store and can make a quick trip in without having to call the other one or potentially forgetting a list that is up on the fridge.
So there are my top three life-helpers. Any other suggestions out there?