Technology is often blamed for complicating our lives instead of simplifying them. But there are ways to harness the power of technology to achieve your dream of an ordered, less chaotic life.
Natalie Thayer, GM of MWEB, South Africa’s leading Internet Service Provider, offers some advice on how to get the balance right:
Instead of wandering the supermarket aisles, have food, wine and other household goods delivered to your doorstep.
Many retailers including Woolworths and Pick ‘n Pay, have online shopping facilities which can save you money, petrol and travel time.
If you haven’t already, set yourself up with Internet banking.
You can move money from one account to another, do direct deposits and pay your accounts online so you don’t have to go into a store to settle your accounts.
Internet phone services, like MWEB Webcall, allow you to make national, international and cell phone calls very cheaply – and sometimes for free.
An ideal alternative to a traditional landline, Webcall is easy to use and you only need a broadband Internet connection.
Instead of a shelf full of outdated encyclopaedias, get your kids to use the Internet for school project research and even exam revision.
It will save you money and trips to the library.
If you are still using a dial-up connection, save yourself time and frustration by upgrading to a broadband connection like ADSL. Faster connection speeds and a fixed monthly fee means you won’t have to wait ages for e-mails to download and you’ll be able to budget more effectively.
You’ll also avoid tying up your phone line for hours at a time.
Thayer said, “The Internet is not only a source of information but also a great way to get your daily tasks done, saving you time and petrol money.
The careful use of technology can help simplify life – you just need to choose the technology you really need to achieve your goals”.
For more information, visit www.mweb.co.za or call 08600 32000.
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