Upgrade Yourself: Tech Resolutions for a Smarter You in 2024
Let's face it, 2024 is moving at lightning speed. Information bombards us from every direction, and keeping up with the ever-evolving world can feel like trying to drink from a firehose. But fear not, knowledge seekers! This year, your New Year's resolutions don't have to be about hitting the gym or mastering sourdough (although, hey, good for you if they are!).  This year, let's resolve to become smarter, sharper versions of ourselves by leveraging the power of technology.
Here's a look at some tech-powered resolutions that will leave you feeling like a mental ninja in 2024:

Resolution #1: Become a Learning Machine with Microlearning

Forget about cramming for exams – the future of learning is microlearning. These bite-sized learning modules focus on specific skills or topics and can be completed in as little as 5-15 minutes. With a plethora of microlearning apps and platforms available, you can squeeze in knowledge breaks throughout your day, on your commute, or even while waiting in line. Think of it as brain candy you can carry in your pocket.
Tech Tools to Help: Duolingo, Memrise (for language learning), Khan Academy, Coursera, EdX (for a wide range of subjects)

Resolution #2: Master the Art of Information Curation: Don't Drown in Data

The internet is an ocean of information, but without the right tools, it's easy to get lost at sea. This year, resolve to become a master information curator. Use RSS feeds or platforms like Feedly to aggregate news and articles from your favorite sources, keeping you informed on the topics that matter most. Additionally, explore tools like Pocket or Evernote to save articles and webpages for later reading, creating a personalized digital library of knowledge.
Tech Tools to Help: Feedly (RSS aggregator), Pocket, Evernote

Resolution #3: Embrace the Power of Automation: Free Your Mind for Higher-Level Thinking

Let's be honest, we all have repetitive tasks that eat away at our time and mental energy.  This year, say goodbye to tedious chores and hello to automation! Explore task management apps like Asana or Trello to automate workflows and free up your brain for more creative and critical thinking. Additionally, consider using smart home devices to automate daily routines like controlling lights or temperature, giving you back precious moments in your day.
Tech Tools to Help: Asana, Trello (task management), Amazon Alexa, Google Home (smart home devices)

Resolution #4:  Sharpen Your Memory with Mnemonic Techniques... and Apps!

The human brain is amazing, but sometimes it needs a little nudge to remember things.  This year, resolve to strengthen your memory with mnemonic techniques – those memory-boosting tricks that use associations, rhymes, or humor to encode information. Additionally, explore memory training apps like Lumosity or Elevate to challenge your brain and build cognitive skills like memory, attention, and processing speed.
Tech Tools to Help: Lumosity, Elevate (memory training apps)

Resolution #5: Become a Critical Thinker with Fact-Checking Tools

In today's age of misinformation, it's crucial to be a critical thinker who can discern fact from fiction. This year, resolve to become a digital detective by using fact-checking websites like Snopes or PolitiFact to verify information before spreading it further. Additionally, consider installing browser extensions that flag suspicious websites or warn you about potential biases before you dive into an article.
Tech Tools to Help: Snopes, PolitiFact (fact-checking websites), NewsGuard extension (detects bias and misinformation)

Resolution #6: Unlock the Power of Podcasts and Audiobooks: Learning on the Go

We all have pockets of time throughout the day – your commute, your workout routine, even those household chores.  This year, resolve to use this time for learning and self-improvement.  Explore the vast world of podcasts and audiobooks. There's a podcast or audiobook on nearly every topic imaginable, allowing you to learn while you're on the go.
Tech Tools to Help: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible

Resolution #7: Unleash Your Inner Polymath with Online Courses

The desire to learn new things shouldn't be limited to formal education.  This year, resolve to explore your curiosity and become a polymath – a person of wide-ranging knowledge. With online course platforms like Coursera, edX, or Udemy, you can access affordable, engaging courses on a variety of topics, from coding to astrophysics to creative writing.  There's no limit to what you can learn!

Resolution #8:  Boost Your Brainpower with Brain Training Games

Let's face it, our brains are muscles too, and they need exercise just like any other part of our body. This year, resolve to keep your brain sharp with brain training games. These games can challenge your memory, attention, problem-solving skills, and overall cognitive function. There are many free and paid options available, so you can find one that suits your interests and learning style.
Tech Tools to Help: Lumosity (mentioned earlier), Elevate (mentioned earlier), Peak

Resolution #9:  Embrace the Power of Collaborative Learning: Online Communities

Learning doesn't have to be a solitary pursuit.  This year, resolve to connect with other lifelong learners by joining online communities or forums. These communities provide a platform to share knowledge, ask questions, and engage in discussions about a wide range of topics. Not only will you gain new perspectives, but you might also find yourself becoming an expert yourself by helping others.

Tech Tools to Help: Reddit (for a wide range of communities), Facebook Groups (for specific interests), Discord (for gamers and tech enthusiasts)

Resolution #10: Become a Mastermind with Online Mentorship

Sometimes, the best way to learn is from someone who's already walked the path. This year, consider finding a mentor online. Many platforms connect aspiring learners with experienced professionals who can offer guidance, support, and valuable insights in your chosen field.
Tech Tools to Help:  Mentored (connects professionals with mentees), Lunchclub (virtual coffee chats with inspiring people)

Bonus Resolution: Disconnect to Reconnect

While technology is a powerful tool for learning and self-improvement, it's also important to take breaks. This year, resolve to disconnect from technology regularly. Give your brain a chance to rest, recharge, and process all the information you're consuming. Go for a walk in nature, spend time with loved ones, or simply practice mindfulness.  A well-rested mind is a more receptive mind, ready to tackle new challenges and continue your journey to becoming a smarter you.