Let me start with saying that I am naturally an impatient person, so for me…if you want me to learn something fast, my rule of thumb for most things is:
- make it simple;
- map out what this new “thing” will do for me (I think visually); and
- how it will make my life easier
So, I will say to you that if I could only access social media on my laptop – there is more than likely a chance that I wouldn’t actually build it into my day or see the use for it. I have quickly realised that our world as we know it has changed significantly – and even more so just in the last two years. Smartphones and tablets have shifted our web behaviours widely. .. in the home and at work. So much so – that now…as I review my technology (software, applications and hardware), with an eye on “upgrade time” coming up (the 2yr one I get excited about – for my phone; and the one I kind of dread…laptop renewal at the 4 year mark) I am asking myself:
What do I actually use all these gadgets and software for…and what has changed?
Before – I would just search for a new laptop…just because I “needed one” and check out the latest phone …because I want it to last the 2 years until the next one.
But now…(dramatic dot dot dot) – things have changed a lot. I am paying more attention to what’s on the market now, so I decided to draw out what I do each day with these different gadgets and what are the uses I need covered by my tech…based on my working lifestyle and my business. I also highlighted where I saw gaps and could do with a solution to.
This is what my diagram looked like in the end:
So – my tips to you:
- Map out what your typical work week looks like
- Work out what you want your tech to be able to do (what annoys you that it doesn’t do now)
- Then match that with the latest technology available to you
- Then decide what hardware it is that you need to get
- Make a decision about where you lie with Microsoft, Apple and Android – I think you can do a healthy mix – as long as everything sings together where you need it to.
For me – technology makes it possible for me to work easier and simpler. Perhaps it can do the same for you? If you are techno-phobe…I will say to you that most technology today (software, applications, hardware) is designed to be dead simple and intuitive – so have a go. You won’t regret it.