Too Much Tech? Ask Yourself These Questions To Control Technorrhea

06 December 2013, by A. Cedilla

Think about the communication structure in your life. To start off, how many devices do you use?

For the basics, a phone and a computer are all you need. Some smartphones can already act as a mini office-station for email and files. Laptops can go anywhere with you, and desktops can provide more options, like more processing power and being able to use 2-3 monitors at once.

And what about hybrids and entertainment devices? How about tablets, phablets, and readers? And music players and dedicated cameras? Take a moment to check just how many tech tools you own.

How do you manage all the tech you use? How do you manage the data you access? Lay it out:

  • How many platforms are present? How do you access data across platforms–just the cloud? How secure are your connections?
  • What systems do you use in storing and syncing data, and backing up the important bits? What about security?
  • How systematic are you in attending to your communication –in reading, responding and viewing? How much time do you spend?
  • How about maintaining the hardware: protecting it from surges, damage, dust, scratches and whatnot? What’s your update schedule?

 

The deeper issues here are easy to overlook because of the technical details and personal preferences involved. Keeping things separate for business or personal use can be messy as well –imagine the hours we do something other than what we intended to do*cough-Skyrim-cough* but in the end, when it comes to your devices:

  • Do they help make work easier?
  • Do they make you work more effectively?
  • Do they make more work for you?

Sometimes people can get so engrossed in the perfect set-up they put the hardware and software a bit lower down the list than they should, thinking they could give it deeper thought later.

We all use these things in tandem to communicate with one another everywhere. There are cellphones, phablets, tablets, computers (as desktops and laptops and netbooks, oh my).

There’s also Facebook, and LinkedIn.

We use Google Talk and Skype, rely on iOS, and Android with its various sweet incarnations. Then there’s Windows Something and OSX’s iterations. Those are a lot of components to handle.

And we haven’t even touched on the business side yet. Specifically, online business. Which includes things like payment gateways, mailing list and newsletter production,management and support. Add in member and forum management. Plus customer satisfaction and follow-ups, as well as website security. Just to start, you know.

And then there’s you.

Your habits. Your quirks and preferences. Your discipline, communication skills, work methods and priorities. The things we mentioned earlier mean nothing without your input and your choices…but are you making the best ones for you?

 

Choice exhaustion is real. When you have too many of them to make some are bound to suffer.

So aside from the the existence of your chosen tools, how you leverage them and to what purpose will affect the success of your enterprise.

Yeah, sure, you have the latest monster hardware and the best brand in the business protecting your data, but what doe it allow you to do?

  • Will it help you keep your business stable?
  • Will you be trapped in admin work or bogged down by sloppy browsing habits?
  • How easy will it be for you to to get lost in the minutia and miss the big picture?
  • How fast did you master using the tools? Are you the only one using it, or will others in your organization need training to bring them up to scratch?
  • Are you being safe on-line?
  • What’s the expected life-cycle of your tools? Your programs?
  • Will these tools help you do what you need done? Consequently, do they need to be overseen or can they set to perform automatically?
  • IF your business suddenly gains massive recognition and the workload expands, can your system adjust and scale up to accommodate the change?
  • IF you get something and it doesn’t work for you, how difficult would it be to remove it or replace it with something else?

 

This is necessary mental exercise. In this case, ‘exercise’ means an activity meant to strengthen your ability to recognize signs of trouble before it progresses, and take charge. You’ll be taking a close-up view of the structure you’re using:

  • Is it reliable?
  • How long can I realistically rely on it?
  • What do I have to set up now to make it easier to upgrade, maintain, etc. further on?

Then you’ll be taking a birds eye view: How are you doing as the center of all this — you as the prime mover in your communication sphere?

Tools are only as good as their wielder’s mastery of them, so you have to think of your usual practices. Social media all morning and scramble in the afternoon? Drop everything to respond to an email or a post?

Focus on what happens between you and your tech, and ask yourself if what you’re using us letting you be more flexible when it comes to handling your responsibilities, staying in touch with your market, and running your business, The answers will be immensely helpful.

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