Technology for Relationships

Has technology improved your relationship?

Some people think that technology has hindered personal relationships, but I'd argue that its helped in some cases.

My girlfriend and I use technology constantly to help us stay connected.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I've put together a few examples that might be of use to other couples.

1. Google Calendar

One of the great things about Google Calendar is that it lets you combine several different calendars into one handy view.

Along with our own personal calendars, which we can make visible to each other, we have a shared calendar that we can both add to and edit.

Have you ever been asked, "So are you ready for that dinner we have in half an hour?"  And have you ever responded, "Dinner? What dinner? You never told me about any dinner!"

We've all been in this situation.  With a shared calendar, moments like this are a thing of the past.

2. Google Docs

This is basically like having an online, sharable version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.  We use this all the time, primarily for two things: vacation planning and expense sharing.

Before we go on vacation, we create a shared document containing all of the essential details of our trip.  Itineraries, hotel bookings, flight details, confirmation numbers.  It's all there in one place.  We can both update it at any time, and then print a copy or two before we go.

Having this prepared and on hand really reduces the stress of traveling!

We also use Google Docs for keeping track of shared expenses.  A single spreadsheet tracks all dates, expense categories, and amounts along with payments.  This really helps out with budgeting too.

No more, "Hey, did I give you the money for the electric bill?" or "Did you pay for gas last time or did I?"

Instead, you can just copy-and-paste from your online bank statement.  What could be easier?

Summary

Ok, so maybe this wasn't the most romantic post in the world, but with a bit of technology, you can reduce the work and stress of those annoying everyday hassles -- leaving more time for fun and romance :)

Happy Valentine's!

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