Time is your most important asset, and it is of course also an asset that you can never get back.

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For many years, revolutionary technology has been improving the way that we go about everyday tasks. From washing clothes using a washing machine to having automated email responses to save you responding manually. There are so many ways that you can save time thanks to well-developed technology.

Have you ever struggled to do a task, maybe extracting data or something that is particularly laborious and wondered if there is a better way to do something? We are fortunate to be able to search the internet for tips and tutorials on how to perform certain tasks or ask forums if there is an alternative solution.

Smartphone apps have made accessing websites so easy that you can access any information from anywhere – on the train, in bed, while out for a run, etc. If you are a business owner or someone looking to claim back more time in their life, then you will probably be interested in the following:

Personal Assistant – There is a range of personal assistant options such as Cortana and Siri. While many people found it difficult to interact with Siri and get real value out of it in the early days, drastic improvements have been made. If you are typing on your laptop and need to find a file or an internet article instead of stopping what you are doing, then leave it to Siri.

Online Shopping Sites – If you are trying to free up some time in your weekly schedule, then online food shopping or any kind of shopping saves a lot of time. Did you know that on most sites your can import an existing online shopping list from one supermarket to another? If your weekly shop generally stays the same, you simply re-order your last shopping list and organise a convenient delivery slot.

Any.do – Having your schedule well organized will ensure that you don’t use up valuable time checking what you need to be doing. It is basically an online To Do list that you can access across any device, so if you’re at home, you can check what meetings you have at work the next day.

Online Learning – Online learning can help you to develop new skills fast. Many people waste time trying to work out how to do specific tasks in Excel or update the format in Powerpoint. Online tutorials will have you up to speed in no time at all, and you will be able to use your new skills over and over again. Other types of online learning like a mock driving theory on sites like Toptests can help you to pass quicker, therefore saving you more time that you can use to practice your practical driving skills.

Take a look at the app store under the Business and Finance categories, and you could find productivity apps that will change the way that you do things forever and save you loads of time.