Time is the most precious commodity. With so much to do, it’s difficult to fit everything in. From grocery shopping to picking up the kids from school to social and work obligations, your to-do list never gets any shorter. So what are some technologies that can help you save time? Consider the following four pieces of technology:

1. Alarm Clock

Do you have a difficult time waking up in the morning? Push that snooze button too many times, or just turn off your alarm all together without actually waking up? Instead, get a smart bedside clock that helps you wake up and get out of bed. Nandahome has two alarm clocks that wake you up and run away from your bedside when the alarm goes off.

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Clocky has two wheels and starts rolling as soon as the alarm starts going off. Tocky is a round clock that rolls around without damaging the screen and plays MP3 songs so you can wake up to any music you want. Because you have to chase both of these clocks around before you can turn your alarm off, you can get up on time to make the most of your day.

2. Smartphones

Smartphones save you time by being everything you need in the palm of your hand. From Twitter to email to texts and calls, smartphones make it easy to get what you need and communicate with people immediately. However, as smartphone screens have gotten larger and more detailed, battery life has taken a hit with some phones. You don’t want to waste time charging your phone every few hours and being out of contact with family, friends and work associates.

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Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice performance for a longer battery life. For instance, the Google Nexus 6 comes with a large 6-inch screen and a 3220 mAh battery that gets six hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charging time. This means you don’t need to sit around waiting for your phone to charge for hours on end.

3. Groceries

Stocking up on food for the whole household can take hours. Although online shopping has been around for years, technology is finally getting to the point where same-day delivery doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, instead it’s just another part of the service you’re using.

Amazon Fresh is now in full swing, so you can get groceries and products delivered directly to your door. This means no more running around to different stores to find your favorite products, now everything can be delivered. And if you have some favorite local products that can’t be found anywhere else, Amazon Fresh can pick them up for you. This service makes it easier for you to shop, and also expands the reach of local businesses.

4. E-Readers

While e-readers were initially scrutinized harshly, they’ve come to hold a substantial place in book sales. While you can get anything you want on your smartphone, the screens on mobile devices still don’t provide the easy-on-the-eyes experience that e-readers do.

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If you’re interested in the biggest releases the moment they come out, invest in an e-reader to get the books you want without going to the store or waiting for delivery.

~ David