Making the switch to new technology harbors hidden costs. Steep learning curves compromise productivity, costing your company time and money. If you’re thinking about upgrading your technology, take a few proactive steps and minimize decreased productivity and increased irritation.
Recently my beloved PC went the way of electronic items and crashed permanently. I decided to transition to a new Mac. While I am falling truly, madly, and deeply in love with my shiny new laptop, the transition hasn’t been all champagne and rose petals.
Learning all the Mac keystrokes and shortcuts has been more than a bit frustrating at times, leaving me yearning for my defunct PC. But this old dog is determined to teach my fingers and mind to speak fluent Mac. Overall, it’s been a relatively smooth transition.
Here are a few pointers that helped me smooth out the bumps in my own technological transition. They may help you quickly get back up to speed after your next tech upgrade.
- Mental preparation—Mindset is the most critical component to a smooth and successful transition. If you’re resisting change and dragging your feet, you’re going to create a miserable transition. Save yourself a huge headache by going into the experience with the awareness that you’ll have to invest a little extra time learning how to operate your new gadget.
- Do your research—What do you really need? What are you going to use it for? What do you want it to do? Spend some time online checking out product reviews and Consumer Reports product reviews. Have a chat with the salesperson and let him or her know what you need from the product.
- Get the extended warranty—In my experience, the extended warranties are extremely worthwhile. As with any insurance policy, you’re buying peace of mind. And peace of mind is vital to an entrepreneur. Your time and attention are best spent running and growing your business, not occupied worrying over the sudden death of finicky electronic equipment.
- Read the manual—I’ve met several people who think owner’s manuals are an insult to their intelligence. Yet, a bit of time flipping through its pages can help you avoid frustration and wasting your valuable time. If you rankle at the thought of reading a manual, ask yourself this: is pride more important than productivity?
- Ask Google—It’s easy to take for granted the nearly infinite source of answers and solutions you have at your fingertips. If you’re stuck, ask Google. You will find a host of YouTube tutorials, forum conversations and other troubleshooting information that will quickly get you up and running.
Does the thought of a tech-transition light up your eyes or make you want to run and hide? I’d love to hear your experiences with upgrading technology in your business—the good, the bad and the ugly. Thanks for sharing!