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When you think of life changing technology, you may not think of the products I’ve included in this list. At least not when there have been so many great technological advancements over the past few decades.
But each of these three items changed the direction of my life, either by increasing my quality of life or by helping me develop as a person. They all bring such value to my life, and I can’t imagine what my life would look like without them.
When I realised I should be reading more books, the first thing I did was invest in a Kindle. I have the latest version of the Amazon Kindle, although I’d love to one day upgrade to the Paperwhite or the Oasis.
Reading is great for you, and it’s enjoyable. So why was I only getting through a book every one or two months?
The answer was easy: convenience.
When you’re in the mood for consumption, it’s easier than ever to watch a TV series or movie. So reading has to be pretty damn convenient to be able to compete.
My Kindle isn’t much bigger than my phone and I take it with me wherever I go. I don’t have to worry about which book I’ll take with me – my entire library is saved to this tiny little device. If I find a new book I like the look of then I can buy it with a single click, and read it almost instantly. In fact, I’ve found some of my favourite books of all time in the daily deals section.
That’s cool. But why has my Kindle been so life changing?
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Since I bought my Kindle, I’ve been reading around a book a week – sometimes more. I’ve always been a distracted reader, so this is huge for me.
No single book has changed my life. But if you take into account the compound effect, reading has changed me for the better. Each book I finish slightly changes my perception on the world, and over time I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood.
I’m smarter, more patient, and I see the world in a different way. All thanks to one purchase.
If you want to stay up to date with what I’m reading, check out this series where I review the books I read each month.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
I have a love-hate relationship with noise.
I love music, and I use it every day to relax, focus or unwind.
But there are times when it becomes too much. The sound of a ticking clock is enough to keep me up for hours, and external sounds can be enough to trigger a panic attack.
Sometimes I just need to block out all the noises around me. I knew I good pair of noise cancelling headphones would improve my quality of life, so I bought the Sony WH-1000XM3s, and they’ve been well worth the initial investment.
I can concentrate on my work without outside noises putting me off. I’m more comfortable in social situations that would otherwise freak me out – sitting alone in a coffee shop, for example.
I have far fewer panic attacks in public, and when I do they’re easier to deal with. Leaving the house, which was once an overwhelming task, is now something I do without thinking about: grab my headphones and go.
I spent a lot on these headphones, I won’t lie. But I’ve used them every single day for the past two years and they’re still in perfect quality. That’s around 40p a day for a life changing piece of technology – I spend more than that on coffee.
I’d recommend a good pair of noise cancelling headphones to anyone, particularly if you struggle with anxiety or sensory issues like me. If the Sonys are out of your price range then there are a huge amount of cheaper options on the market – I’ve even seen some for under £50.
Smart Light Bulb
If you’ve read my post on How To Cure Insomnia, you’ll know that installing warm coloured lights is my number one tip for getting a better night’s sleep. So I’m not exaggerating when I say this smart bulb I picked up for under £10 has changed my life.
Until around a year ago, my insomnia was ruining my life. I was up until around 9 or 10am every morning, and my mental health was at its worst.
I didn’t attend a single lecture in my second year of university. I missed house viewings and job interviews and I felt crippling guilt every time I let someone down. I was horribly lonely, since all my friends were asleep during the hours I was most active.
Fast forward to today, and insomnia is no longer a part of my life. Some nights it strikes and I’m up until the early hours, but it never lasts more than a day.
I’m healthier, happier, and I have more energy to do the things I love.
And while there were many factors that contributed to my recovery from insomnia, this super cheap light bulb that I bought because I wanted a cool colour changing light was one of the biggest.
Plus it’s remote control operated, so I can switch my lights off without even leaving my bed. A lazy girl’s dream.
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This list is highly personal, so I’d love to know if there are any pieces of tech that have changed your life! Let me know in the comments – it would be interesting to see how everyone’s opinions differ.
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