If you didn’t grow up in the era of digital technologies, including social media sites and smart phone apps, you may be uneasy about technology. At work, do you find yourself wasting energy on concealing your lack of tech know-how? If so, it’s time to switch your mindset and focus your efforts on learning the technology that’s been holding you back.
Start with Commitment
Getting comfortable with technology requires a commitment of time and effort. Start by learning those technologies that will help you professionally; then pursue those that interest you. Sharpen up on the basics of common business/industry software applications. Master your email program or smart phone to better organize and manage your work schedule and tasks. Try out smart phone apps or other device applications that provide access to relevant business information or tools for improving efficiency. Learn how your company or co-workers are using social media, like LinkedIn or Twitter, to share business-oriented information, including following industry leaders to find out what they are saying and doing.
Turn to Sources that Can Help
Although many of these skills can be self-taught, you shouldn’t feel like you have to go it alone. For example, spend time talking to co-workers about what they are doing with various technologies, and ask them to share a few tips. Do the same with friends or family members who can assist. Look for training opportunities at work, classes at community colleges, or workshops offered through the community, including public libraries.
With diligence, practice, and time, you can become far more knowledgeable and competent using technology, and one day, you may find that you are the one who others turn to for advice.