Use Technology To Your Advantage
Put technology to work for you by developing your time management skills. Work smarter not harder:
- Before you jump into technology with both feet, make sure it is something that is practical, easy to use and necessary. What good are the latest bells & whistles if they make life or business more difficult?
- Living on the cutting edge can be one of the biggest time wasters. Bleeding edge technology is often unstable, bugged out and unsupported. Using it may do more harm than good
- Make sure your tech “toys” have the necessary compatibility, portability, comfort and speed. Get equipment that you feel comfortable with and that has room to upgrade and expand (you’ll likely need it)
- Get in and get out. Don’t be hypnotized by what’s new & cool. Avoid aimless surfing and chatting. Accomplish your mission then log off / hang up. Move on
- Harness the power of the Internet, utility programs, plug-ins and ASPs to get the job done– business, research, price, product and service comparisons, information gathering, e-commerce, m-commerce, finance, education, shopping, fun, hobbies, etc.
- Tap e-mail, portable and wireless devices (pda) and instant messaging to move at light speed
- Consider things like fast Internet access and phone answering devices.
- Use tweets, your websites and e-mail for quick dissemination of information (personal, business), transactions, feedback, announcements, problem resolutions, education, etc.
- Make the world come to you with portals, newsgroups and technology. ALERT: Watch out for information overload! Limit yourself to what’s relevant
- Gain access. Remember passwords, user names and codes. Write them all down if necessary, but be careful! Keep them in a safe place
- Have adequate back up and storage or else you will spend far too much time trying recover data, etc., literally
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Maximize your time by leveraging the power of 21st century technology.
Here are 4 things to consider to make your time, effort and money pay:
- Stay focused. Remember that the purpose of using technology is to gain greater efficiency and improve life. Get the job done
- Use technology correctly (get training if necessary). Remember there is a learning curve you must bridge – it may be 5 seconds, 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days or 5 months – the point is that you must take time to learn how to use technology properly or it’s a big waste of time
- Work technology into your schedule – don’t let it work you! If something leads you away from normal daily activities or achieving your goals, trash it
- Don’t fall for the hype. Avoid using time management technology that does not add value or lead to productivity gains – a cool design, glow-in-the-dark colors and endless features mean nothing if the device can’t do the job