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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Capitalising On New Technology

As technology improves more and more industries are keen to utilise it within their operations. Many small business operate without a shop front these days (see this website for great examples) and online services can often prove a cheaper means than face to face services as there is a lower need for staff and workspace. There are some industries which have seen more benefit than others from implementing technology within their catalogue of services.

Shopping has seen a huge shift towards online sales, a number of retailers have seen success from having purely online stores such as Amazon. This new E-commerce technology has also allowed smaller businesses to reach a larger audience with their products. eBay has seen a trend of online auction sites for people to sell their unwanted items. Before people were forced to give their unwanted gift and ill-fitting clothing to charity shops or try and give them away to unsuspecting people as birthday or Christmas presents; now there’s the option to make a small amount of cash back. These sites also offer collectors of niche items a place to find rare collectables, and websites can set up online stores through larger market places such as eBay and Amazon to sell products without the expense of redesigning their website. This means you have more money to spend on a night out with friends at your favourite hang-out, such as the White Rabbit wine bar Waterloo

Now with the increase in smartphone and tablet users, gaming companies have discovered a growing market for mobile games and augmented reality like A number of large commercial releases such as Grand Theft Auto have been released for phones and tablets. There are also a huge range of online and app based games that are designed purely for mobile gamers such as popular RPG’s such as clash of clans. Web based games have also vastly improved over the last few years as developers have able to utilise more demanding software for a better user experience.

There are still a number of industries which have yet to capitalise on new technology. Markets such as construction are still in the early phases of implementing technology into their processes, construction is a fine example of industries which will benefit from automating their work. As a highly dangerous industry, a lot of people are injured or even die from working in construction and not only is this unnecessary pain and suffering, it is also incredibly expensive in terms of insurance, wages and legal suits.