It has been almost 73 years since the first electronic digital computer was developed and till now, technology is still continuously advancing and bringing changes to our everyday life.

While many of us are mainly using technology in our social lives to "Facebook", "Tweet" or "Whatsapp" our friends, the "smarter" ones who wish to take things a step further might think of using these e-tools to their advantage in their course of work.

That's right; appropriate use of technology at opportune times can create productivity, enhance our work environment and push your career up a notch.

The Smartphones Era and Communications

Technology enables us to access work whenever and wherever we are.

Now equipped with our smartphones, be it a Samsung Galaxy 3 or an iPhone 5, we can interact with everyone and anyone, anywhere and anytime.

Time is money. If you want to beat your competitors to seal a deal quickly, push your office emails to your phone so you can get or provide updates and responses on the go. Besides text messages or SMSes, many people are switching to free mobile applications such as Whatsapp and Skype to communicate easily. These are just a small fraction of applications out there, which you can use on-the-go. As long as you have access to wifi, 3G or the latest 4G network, you can be connected with your contacts within seconds.

Such communications can have a positive impact on the relationships between employees or with suppliers and clients as people can respond promptly to queries. Problems can also be addressed instantaneously. However, there's always a double-edged sword to these. Once you get sucked into the "dark side", it may be difficult for you to pull out of the game as it becomes 'expected' of you to respond and communicate 24/7; so make sure you can handle the stress of maintaining work-life balance once you've taken the plunge!

The Computer and The Internet

The Internet is a marketplace of wonders and surprises. The Internet can be accessed not only through smartphones, iPads and tablets but also - conventional computers, both desktops and laptops.

With its vast source of information from search engines like Google and Yahoo, linking many different websites, such as Wikipedia, the Internet can help one in research, media monitoring and traffic monitoring.

On the other hand, companies can also use social media sites to establish updates and showcase activities and photographs for potential clients to view their products or services. Such sites are good for those who want to advertise and build connections. Other examples include Twitter, where companies can tweet interested clients; and Facebook, where communication can be established through Facebook message, instant Facebook chat and postings on the wall.

Then there's also Google Docs where sharing of documents allows anyone to view and edit information. This serves to streamline tasks among those working together on projects.

One can also try out Dropbox, available on both computers and smartphones. It is a good alternative to share documents, photos, videos and etc with colleagues or clients conveniently, free of charge.

New computer programs and software packages, such as Microsoft Office, can help lessen one’s workload. Its software encompasses sleek reporting abilities and customisable marketing tools. In addition, it can help collect and analyse data easily, improve work processes and maximise efficiency therefore freeing employees’ time to work on other projects.

With a desktop, laptop, smart gadgets, fast Internet connection, printer, scanner, fax machine, computer software, web cameras and conference calling tools and applications, you can make full use of technology help you work more efficiently.

Technology is here to stay. Use it well and it will help you in ways you'd never have imagined!

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