Keep Technology at Its Simplest Level – Don’t Buy Because of Pressure

Keep technology at its simplest level. Don’t get caught buying the latest because you think you should, when there is a simpler alternative available. That doesn’t mean avoid technology. It does mean you should access it precisely to serve your purpose.

Case in point: Do you really need that electronic organizing function to write notes in when a cheap memo book will do? If there are other reasons that justify its use, fine. No problem. But consider what you really need. I know this is the “micro” example, but how about the millions you may invest in changing computer systems when what is, is doing the job perfectly.

We are often so driven to keep up appearances. If you can achieve greater effectiveness with simpler tools, then do so. Where greater technology is an asset, go for it. Make every tool serve your purpose.

“Most people don’t want to use the computer at all. They want to get something done.”

Nicholas Negroes, Being Digital

Five Days of Action

Are you trying to technologically ‘keep up with the Joneses’? Think about the real reasons you use your electronic equipment and gadgetry. What’s behind your purchase?

Make an inventory of the technology you currently have. What do you really need to be productive? Are there additions to this list that would increase your performance? Get rid of the gadgetry you don’t need or that can effectively be replaced by something simpler – like a memo book and pen instead of an electronic organizer.

Review the amended list of the technology you have decided you really need. Are there applications included that you are not using but could increase your productivity? What help or training do you need to use those applications to your benefit? Track down that training and get it. Delete any useless applications if you can.

Plan for tools that really would contribute to your productivity and effectiveness. Create a time line for integrating them into your work flow.

Determine to be your own simple technology consultant. Don’t be driven by advertising, performing for others or the burning feeling that you have to have something new right now.