Sure, you own a Computer, a Smartphone, perhaps a Tablet – all of these and maybe even more than one. It’s difficult to imagine getting through our modern world without access to these. Yet, most users have had little formal training on how to get the most out of their “stuff”. Sure, through trial and error, (or the help of a tech savvy friend or relative), you picked up the necessary basics to “get by”. You can access your e-mail, visit a web site, handle your daily routine, yet when it comes to doing or understanding more, you may be reluctant to “experiment” for fear that you may do something “wrong”. We often fear what we don’t understand, and when it comes to “breaking” things, we just don’t like to take risks. After all, if it ain’t broke, why break it? So what are 5 main reasons we fear doing more? Let’s break down those areas, defining what it is that we “should” do and “don’t” first.
1) Denial. In the back of our minds, we know we should be using better security, running a routine backup, doing regular cleanups and maintenance – yet we struggle with the idea because we have a NEW device – how can it get infected or compromised, how can it break down and cause data loss, why clean it– it’s new!
2) Ignorance. More often than not, no one ever explained HOW, or WHY to do it. You may either not be aware of the importance or you know that you SHOULD you just don’t know how to go about it.
3) Procrastination: You know you NEED to do it, you just keep putting it off until you have the TIME. Of course, there is ALWAYS something more important to do, so it never gets done.
4) Dis-Interest: Face it! We just want to “get in the car and drive”. It’s just not any FUN to do these mundane tasks, and while they may be important, in the scheme of our daily life, we just HATE doing these tasks.
5) Fear: We often avoid those things we don’t fully understand. And when we believe that doing something the “wrong way” can be worse for us than not doing it at all, we choose the latter.
Awareness of the “unknown” is the key to dealing with it. Once we identify the “reason(s)” for our lack of participation, we can learn to agree that while they are important, we just might not be the best one to DO what it takes. Acknowledging that they MUST be done, we can get help from someone that actually ENJOYS these tasks and is willing to make sure they get done. They may even be supportive enough to assure you that you CAN do some of these things on your own. You’ll discover that many routine maintenance tasks can be AUTOMATED, making them happen without your conscious participation. By setting these tasks up on “auto-pilot”, all that is necessary is that a system be “powered on” and they happen. An occasional “monitoring” of the results is all that is required.
Learning NEW things that are geared to your lifestyle – things that make your life simpler, easier, and more fun, can be exciting. Technology doesn’t have to be “scary”. Just find someone who can take the “fear” out of it, and you’ll be on your way to richer, more rewarding experiences.
This is 12th in a series of aSKaVIE articles devoted to your productivity, digital privacy and protection. In future articles, you can look forward to tips and tricks that you can use to make sense out of your digital investments as well as reviews of new and exciting things that will likely provide value to your home and business. I invite you to write me with your questions and feedback. We’ll also be helping and inspiring others by answering your questions and that’s what makes my job so much fun! So stay tuned. Please send your questions to TheRosyReport@askavie.com.
About Avie Uniglicht: For over 30-years, Avie Uniglicht – “Your Tech Concierge™” has provided technology support and solutions to entrepreneurs who don’t have time to worry about the details. Specializing in “White-Glove Remote Room-Service,” Avie’s concept of giving you, his client, virtual “house calls” is cited regularly as invaluable and many of Avie’s clients say they couldn’t live without him on speed dial. Avie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a BS in Business Administration. A former auditor for Price Waterhouse and past President of Ace Computer Center Inc., he is also the author of the e-Book, “Your Personal Computer Driver’s License.” Avie’s extensive business background and strong experience in accounting enhances his natural talent for helping his clients see the bigger picture regarding their business. “Your Tech Concierge” helps clients evaluate strategy so that together, they create an action plan with the end in mind. For more information or to “Ask Avie,” please call him at (888)-374-3712, and visit www.askavie.com.