In this series we are looking at different ways to manage our time or to "Make the Most of Each Minute".
Invest in Technology
Technology has an incredible potential for helping you make the most of your time. It wasn’t that long ago that getting information took weeks because you had to call a company or write a letter and then wait for it to arrive in the mail. Now you can get most common information online quickly and easily.
The downside of technology is that people generally are really bad at
figuring out what saves them time and what costs them time. I think
BlackBerrys are good examples of this. Many of the people who use
them, think they are getting more done because they are busier, but in
truth they are typing away on a small keyboard messages that take 2 to
3 times as long to compose than they would at their desktop computer.
I’m not against BlackBerrys. They can be great productivity
tools–especially when you are doing a lot of traveling, but they can
also waste a lot of time if you aren’t careful how you use them.
Another common problem with technology is the learning curve. People
tend to under-estimate how long it will take to really learn how to use
a new piece of technology. The typewriter was a great technological
achievement over handwriting, but it was really only helpful to people
who put the time into learning how to type. Think about how long it
took you to learn to type at 60 wpm. It was a serious investment of
time. When you get a new cell phone, navigation system, laptop, etc.
you need to expect to really invest time in learning how to use it.
You don’t necessarily need to learn how to use every single feature,
but you should at least read through the manual so you know the
capabilities that are possible.
Not everything has a good technological solution. For example: PDAs are great, but they don’t
surpass a notebook for everything. Don’t use technology that slows you
down just for the sake of using technology. Use technology to save