Clever Holiday Life Hacks – Simplify with Tech

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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes travel, party planning, decorating, shopping, and baking. While the holiday season brings lots of joy as we reconnect with loved ones, take some time to unwind and relax, and enjoy our surroundings, it also adds to our to-do lists. But you can simplify with tech in some genius holiday life hacks to make your life much easier.

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With a bit of strategy, you can track and complete tasks while on the go, ensuring that everything on your to-do list is to-done! 

Holiday Life Hacks – How to Simplify with Tech to Enjoy the Holiday Season

It is no secret that stress levels can go up during the holidays. There is so much to think about and so much to do, how will we ever remember it all or find the time to get it all done? Check out these super simple holiday life hacks to make your holiday a little more stress-free. 

Simplify with Tech – Utilize Your Phone’s Camera

Take a screenshot of directions. This tip is useful anytime you travel because once you have saved the directions, you can turn off your phone’s navigation and location services while traveling through populated areas in order to conserve the battery.

Capture a photo of where the car is parked. I have to tell you, if I had a smartphone back in the day when my husband and I toured Washington D.C., it may have saved us a couple hours of our time searching street after street looking for our parked car because we couldn’t remember where we parked. True Story.

Don’t make our mistake, crowded lots at airports and shopping malls can make it easy to forget where you parked. Snap a photo of your vehicle and nearby landmarks to serve as a very handy reminder. 

Scan or photograph passport, identification, and itinerary. If you are traveling out of the country save these images for offline access and email them to your personal account. It is always important to have an extra copy of travel documents. 

Take pictures of the refrigerator and pantry before heading to the grocery store. I’m a list kind of girl, however, when you forget your list on the table it doesn’t help you much. Simplify with tech by taking a picture to remind yourself of ingredients you already have on hand to take the guesswork out of your shopping trip.

Additional Clever Holiday Life Hacks to Help Simplify

Charge your phone on airplane mode. The busier we get, the more time seems to pass between charges. Using airplane mode helps devices regain battery strength by eliminating apps or services running in the background.

Track the master to-do list using Google Keep (or the note feature for iOS). I’m not sure how it took me so long to discover this amazing tool available to Android users, but now that I’ve found it, there is not a day that goes by that I’m not using Google Keep on my Samsung Galaxy S7.

With Google Keep, you can save your thoughts, wherever you are. You can make lists, add photos, notes, and audio, and you can even set reminders to make sure you never miss a thing.

You can do time and location based reminders – which is completely amazing! I mean, automatically pull up your shopping list when you get to the store — how cool! When you have multiple errands to run this can be really efficient. Google Keep can play a sound when you are near a specific destination that you have set a location based reminder for, this way you won’t forget to swing by the dry-cleaner or stop at the party supply store. 

You can also share any note or list with your family and friends. They can watch items get checked off in real time without having to message back and forth. Did someone forget to add something to the list? No worries, they can add it while you are at the store so you can see updates in real time. 

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Put your phone in a cup to amplify music at a holiday gathering. The cup increases the volume from the phone’s speaker to help set the mood of any party. Cups with harder surfaces, like glass or porcelain, work best.

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These hacks work great when you have a great network to go with it. U.S. Cellular’s fast and reliable connection is a great choice to make sure you stay connected this holiday season and beyond.

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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes travel, party planning, decorating, shopping, and baking. While the holiday season brings lots of joy as we reconnect with loved ones, take some time to unwind and relax, and enjoy our surroundings, it also adds to our to-do lists. You can simplify with tech in some genius holiday life hacks to make your life much easier during this busy time of year.  A Clever Party Hack to amplify your music right from your smartphone. Plus: You can simplify with tech in some genius holiday life hacks to make your life much easier during this busy time of year.

 

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20 thoughts on “Clever Holiday Life Hacks – Simplify with Tech

  • November 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    Taking a screen shot of directions is pure genius! That is so much easier than keeping an entire booklet on hand when you’re trying to get things done.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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    These are great tips for using tech smartly. I love the ability to cut back on paper clutter with technology!

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  • November 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    So many great tips. This time of the year can be so crazy. I totally do the pic of where my car is parked, lol.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS POST!! Everyone thinks i’m funny because I use my camera as a note pad. I want a friends number? They pull it on the phone and I take a pic. I want to remember which parking spot i’m in? I take a pic!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 1:23 am
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    These are clever tips. I take pictures and screenshots to make things easier for us whenever we travel, except where we park our car. I should start doing this.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 4:45 am
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    What a smart tips! This will make our lives easier. I’m really glad that you shared it.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 4:48 am
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    I really need this tip! I’m thankful to know this. Such a brilliant tips!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 9:55 am
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    This is absolutely a great tips for me, I will tell to my about this I bet he would love this too

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  • November 29, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    I love the “take a photo of where the car is parked” hack! I need to tell my MIL that one! She loses her car more than ANYONE I know!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    I need to start taking a photo of where I parked the car. I can never remember when I am done shopping.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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    Love these hacks! So clever! I need to start taking a photo of where I parked my car too!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    These are such great tips!! Anything to simplify such a busy time of year is SO important and helpful! Love this!

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  • November 30, 2016 at 12:15 am
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    I lol’d at this. I always take a picture of where I park because I can never remember where I parked. – yolonda

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:38 am
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    Nice hacks. I’m actually thinking of starting to try to take pics about everywhere and probably will add them to a section of my website, just for people to use.

    However, my son and I take pics with my phone camera every year and make Holiday cards with them.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    Putting the phone in a cup is absolutely a clever hack! Love that! How come I’ve never thought of that? 🙂 Great post!

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  • November 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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    super clever, you are! I like the ‘take a picture of where you parked.’ that could save me from looking like a dumb-butt! It actually happened to me the other day, I had to lift my cart over the curb (and it was heavy!) I know know I looked like a fool… that’s alright though! Usually I’m good at remembering what place I parked, but with the gazillion of people Xmas shopping I had to park elsewhere (from my normal spot!) threw me all off!
    Not anymore thanks to your tips!
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  • November 30, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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    The cup amplifier is a great trick, I’ve used it a few times.

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