Computers are supposed to save us loads of time. In many cases, they do…or at least can save us time. However, I see too many people spinning their wheels for hours or days and in some cases months trying to figure out an answer to a problem with their computer.
Or some computer users spending the same amount of time trying to figure out how to accomplish a task they want to complete with no real direction of how to get there.
When it comes to just about anything, I learned many, many years ago that I like to know that I’m heading in the right direction. I may be one of the rare males who WILL pull over and ask for directions if I have the slightest inclination that I’m not going the right way.
Why? Because I hate, yes hate, wasting time and energy more than any other person on the planet.
I’m not OCD about being efficient, but I do work hard at trying to maintain a positive direction in anything I do.
When it comes to computers, I do believe that learning on your own pays big dividends, but you do have to recognize when you need a little nudge in the right direction. Especially when it comes to troubleshooting problems, it is far too easy to get misled with bad advice or misunderstood advice. Know when to say when and then ask for help.
Sometimes a professional with lots of practical experience can solve something for you in minutes that may take you weeks to troubleshoot…if at all. You could be spending all that time learning a new computer skill that will save you time.
I derive the most satisfaction in my job by teaching my customers how to save time using their computers. Seeing the light bulb go off in someone’s face makes my whole day.