With writing recognized by Forbes Magazine, a background in Information Technology and a career that includes consulting for some of the largest and most recognizable organizations such as the NYC Mayor’s Office, KPMG and Guardian Life Insurance, Patricia has always been a step ahead of her peers when it came to technology. “My girlfriends would be out shopping for shoes and handbags while I stood with my nose pressed to the windows of electronic stores checking out the latest gadgets,” she admits.
Where does your enthusiasm for technology come from?
I grew up watching The Jetsons and thinking I just couldn’t wait until we lived in more modern times. I am so grateful for the luxuries of technology afforded me today that I admit, I’m spoiled. When used appropriately, life is so much easier thanks to faster, cheaper technology.
Just last night, for instance, I ordered groceries online through Instacart. I work all day; I’d rather not spend my free time shopping. For certain items I don’t care about hand-picking, it’s inexpensive and convenient to simply click through a few items and have it delivered within 2 hours.
For those who find themselves overwhelmed by technology, it’s often because they try to fit whatever the latest and greatest application or platform is into their businesses or personal lives without first identifying a need. Any frustration felt is only going to be heightened if what you’re using isn’t made for what you want to achieve. Find the need first.
There’s always a study or buzz about how technology overall has made us lazier. Do you agree?
Yes and no. I remember growing up I was outside as long as there was light. Today I rarely hear a bunch of kids outside just running around and being kids.
On the other hand, though, personally, I’ve found technology has nudged me to be more active and healthy. I use Aqualert (and I’m always telling someone about it) to remind me to drink my 90 oz. of water a day. With reminders I set, I rarely go a day without drinking enough and my skin and hair have greatly benefited from that alone.
I also wear a Movband which counts not only my steps by my movements. For someone who spends a lot of time behind a laptop, just having that colorful band on my wrist reminds me to move. I go out and stretch on the deck or do yoga before bed. With apps that nudge me (and that I respond to) throughout the day I am much more aware of my sleep patterns, eating habits and most productive times of day.
So what applications do you most recommend to clients? Give me your top 2.
Any professional can benefit from Wunderlist. If you need to keep lists or tasks available on all your devices, you can’t beat it. I have it on my laptop, my smartphone and my iPad Air 2. It’s also easy to share lists with others, like me, so that we can track progress easily without having to email back and forth. There’s a paid version but I admit that the free version will likely be more than enough for personal and business use.
Google Keep is another freebie but its power is in its ability to remind you based on your location. How many times have you driven right past the post office and later remembered the package in the back seat? Google Keep would remind you when you’re in the vicinity. I love that! It’s like having my own personal assistant.
Other than that, I do not just recommend a selection of applications to anyone without knowing exactly what needs to be accomplished and considering the technical aptitude of the user.
Patricia was born and raised in New York and currently resides in North Carolina. She is an avid writer, enjoys listening to audio books while curled up in front of the fireplace and loves gardening, albeit on her deck.