What is efficiency? To me, it means doing things with the least amount of effort necessary while maximizing the benefit. Life is short and freedom is key. I look at daily tasks with a critical eye and seek opportunities to use tools and technology.
Automate tasks whenever possible. Scripting and programming in data-intensive jobs makes finding and manipulating data easier. Honeywell has built tools that help automate climate control in homes, among others to make life easier. We also have advanced flight management systems (FMS) to help automate tasks that crew members would normally be required to accomplish. And, Honeywell SmartPath® is making improvements to landing efficiency throughout the world, which helps the flying public get to where they want to be on time with lower emissions and improved fuel savings.
Here are some of my favorite tools to maximize efficiency:
Perl/Python – Easy to learn and powerful scripting languages.
AutoHotKey – Automates clicking on different parts of the screen.
Visual Basic/C# -- Easy to build User Interfaces.
Java – So I can make Android apps that handle things for me.
Bill Pay – So I don’t have to manually write checks.
To me, technology, tools and efficiency make life easier. What have you done with tools and technology to make your life to make your life easier? Tell me about it in the comments.