Both lo-tech and hi-tech activities cause me all kinds of embarrassment and other issues. My lack of tech skills slows me down in everything I do, such as setting up things on my phone, writing a blogpost, organizing my documents and emails, and the list goes on and on and on. My children and others laugh at me yet they enable me by just fixing it or explaining it quickly so that the next time I have no idea once again how to repeat the action.
When I taught full time, each year became more difficult as more and more online work was required. I was perfectly content doing my grades in an old-fashioned gradebook and writing notes on the blackboard. Organizing folders was difficult on the computer but simple in a filing cabinet. Every time there was some kind of professional development session to learn a new program, all went well during the tutorial when there was a person standing over me telling me what to do. I would leave confident that I could continue on my own, but that was not the case. When I tried to continue, I had no idea what I was doing and the notes given were not always helpful. The result – I would not end up using the skill unless it was an absolute requirement and then I would just live in frustration spending a great deal of time that I did not have trying to do a relatively simple task. I was not alone.
Now that I am retired from full time teaching, I am in the process of relaunching my writing career. But, so much has changed since I worked as a writer. If I want to write a book, I need to blog and have a substantial following of email subscribers for a publisher to take interest in my work. When I blog, it takes me forever to figure out how to get my words on the page and forget about a picture or photo getting in the right place. I am getting better and if I really want my writing venture to succeed, I need to just do it and get over my handicap.
Here are five actions I need to take to overcome my tech challenge.
- Do not allow “helpers” to enable me. Take the time to figure things out myself. This way, I own it and will remember how to do it the next time.
- If I absolutely cannot figure it out and let someone help me or teach me, make sure that I repeat whatever it is soon after and often, even if I do not need to use it at the moment. The alternative is not remembering how to do it.
- Look for free courses to help. There are many available for low or no cost. For example, I am about to start a Blogging 101 course through WordPress.
- Write down all of the steps in a notebook or better yet in a document on my phone. Label it well and keep it in a place where I can find it easily.
- Do not give up or get stressed. Keep learning and improving my skills so that my writing career will flourish instead of me procrastinating by using my lack of technology skills as an excuse.
Feel free to hold me accountable by asking how it is going. Suggestions are always welcome.
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