I have a confession to make: although I work for a software development company, I am not a geek, and I don’t like change in either my hardware or software. Some months ago, I needed a new smartphone. I know people who get excited about new smartphones. But even after I chose a new one, and held my new phone in my hand, I could only fret about how it was different from my last phone. Of course, I got used to it (rather quickly as it turns out). Then, recently, I got my very first tablet. Again, my reaction was to stress about how I don’t know how to do everything I want on my tablet–“but it’s so easy on my smartphone!” Hmmm, I think I see a pattern here.
Many of us learn how to use the tools around us, settle in to using those tools, and don’t want to change (ever again!) I understand. But experience tells me that after a learning period, what was intimidating and new becomes comfortable and known–every time! We just need to get past that initial hesitation and discomfort to reap the benefits of newer technology.
This same principle applies to new software and new procedures. I sometimes get to train new users of our project management software. I notice that there are generally two types of users. Some users are eager to learn: “how can we take advantage of this system so our work gets easier?” But others are more wary: “how can we use this system to keep doing exactly what we are used to doing?”
The first group embraces change; the second group tries to change as little as possible. The learning curve might be a little steeper for the first group, but guess which group is more productive, at ease with the system, and getting a better ROI after six months?
When we move out of our comfort zone and into our learning zone, we take a giant leap forward in our general productivity.
I suggest that all of you out there who are just like me–reluctant to change–keep an open mind when faced with new technology and software. Instead of thinking,”I’m used to doing it this way so how can I keep doing it this way?” think “Perhaps there is a better way to do this that will save me time and make my work easier.”
In the long run, that just makes sense, doesn’t it?Tweet