Monday, May 30, 2011

7 Deadly Sins Computer Users Make - No 5

5. Pride: Holding on to things that aren’t working

If what you’re doing isn’t working, do something else! I know that that sounds obvious, but it never ceases to amaze me how often people keep repeating unsuccessful patterns.

Sometimes we do things because that’s the way we have always done it or someone else told you this was the best way.  When we think that there must be a better way to do something, there usually is!

It doesn’t take much effort to explore these problems. But the first step is to recognise them, and commit to doing something about them.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

7 Deadly Sins Computer Users Make - No 4

4. Envy: Copying tactics that don’t fit your strategy

A Russian soldier stationed in West Berlin after the Second World War wandered into an empty house and saw an electric light bulb for the first time. Fascinated by this magic light-generating globe, he cut it off with his bayonet and put it in his knapsack so he could carry around the light with him wherever he went.

The same is true with computers. Don’t just do what somebody else tells you to do, unless you know why they do it]. If they are successful, what they are doing is just one part of their strategy. You can’t just pick up that one thing, put it in your bag, take it somewhere else and use it to light up your world.

For example, perhaps you know someone with magnificent computer skills.  You might be tempted to utilise a lot of the tips and tricks they show you to speed up your computer work, but is that correct?  Perhaps their needs for the computer are different to yours? Perhaps they have lots of time, perhaps they just love computers? Same applies to Social Media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter….

By all means, look around to see what others are doing, but don’t just copy their tactics without understanding why and questioning if the tips really will make things easier and not harder or more importantly if they fit into your business or personal strategy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Want to Increase Your Productivity??? Standing Up Helps

The Salt Lake Tribune has a really interesting article on the benefits of standing whilst working have on your productivity...another way you can work SMARTER and not HARDER??

Read the article

Monday, May 23, 2011

7 Deadly Sins Computer Users Make - No 3

Onto Deadly Sin No 3

3. Greed: Looking for too much too fast

When you first get started with computers, there’s a temptation to do everything at once. But if you chase two horses, you’ll catch neither of them. The best way to get started is to choose one activity that is likely to give you high value, do that well, and then move on to the next.

That’s not to say that you should only be doing one thing at a time. But just be sure that everything you do is done well.

Friday, May 20, 2011

7 Deadly Sins Computer Users Make - No 2

2. Lust: Falling in love with “gimmicks”

Focus your time, money and energy on the things that matter, not just those that catch your eye right now. This doesn’t mean an endless quest for Mr. Right, but it does mean that you don’t have to settle for Mr. Right Now.

With your computer, work out what you need right now.  Bill Gates didn’t get his computer knowledge overnight and neither will you!  You need to focus on getting started and not getting everything.