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Technology is not coming to get you . . . It’s HERE!

Technology is upon us and we are all being led into the future by it – some of us with excitement and enthusiasm, others kicking and screaming. The big question is this: How can we integrate technology into our systems and procedures without being overtaken by the one-eyed monster on our desk? Consider the following points in applying technology in your daily life and career development.

Track your processes.

There are reasons why paper and pencil, manila folders, 3×5 cards and file cabinets were used for so long – they all worked pretty well! Technology should be applied to streamline and fine-tune processes, not necessarily replace them. Before a single computer, modem, mouse or printer is committed to a task, you should have a clearly defined picture of the flow of processes, information, resources, etc. When you have this information nailed down, then you can start to apply technology efficiently.

Consider it as a tool.

Many people find technology frightening and dehumanizing, detaching us from personal contact. Although this can be a result of computerization, intelligent application of technology can actually enhance our interaction with others, making us more efficient and effective. For example, using computerized data can make information more secure, more complete, more legible and more easily accessed. Connecting with people who share your interests and passions can promote real serendipity. Sounds like a worthwhile investment, doesn’t it?

Expose yourself.

Computers are pretty hardy pieces of equipment. Apart from picking one up and throwing it through a window, there is little you can do that will cause irreparable damage. Take a touch typing course. Try playing Solitaire or Minesweeper to improve your mouse skills. Consider taking a class at a community college or through a private training company. Leaf through books at the library or the bookstore. Use the Internet to hone your Social Networking skills. Remember that every time you post something anywhere on the Web you are branding yourself.

Be prepared to be less efficient… at first.

Anyone who tells you that your return on technology investment will be realized in the blink of an eye is related to a snake-oil salesman; it just ain’t so. You’ll expend time and energy during the transition to technological advancements that may cause you to wonder if you made a really big mistake. Be assured, however, that effective and intelligent application of technology to your processes and procedures will provide exceptional goals for you. It just won’t happen right away.

Seek advice.

Take the time to research and plan your decision. Search out other people with similar needs and requirements to learn how they made the transition. Did they seek out assistance? Be sure you are working with people who understand your processes and way of working. The best guidance may not come from “techies” but from people who understand what you do and how you do it. Few people have the resources to apply technology effectively without advice.

As DilbertTM once said, “Technology… it’s not for wimps.”

  1. May 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article!
    It is the little changes which will make the biggest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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