It happens to me all the time. I do something on my computer and I am telling myself: « damn, there must be a better way to do this… ». But since I am in a hurry, I don’t take the time to look for another solution and I keep on doing it the wrong way.
But here is the thing. Sometimes, it is better to spend a little time finding what will save you a lot of time later. Do not hesitate to invest 10 or 15 minutes to make your life easier.
As an example, here are 4 small pieces of advice on how to improve your experience on a computer.
• Look for existing solutions to your issues: the bad news is that you are faced with a problem using your computer, the good news is there is often someone out there who has already had the same issue before and can help you. Plus there are plenty of entrepreneurs whose lives are dedicated to identifying problems and solving them. So chances are that you can easily find a solution to your problem, if you start looking for it. I sometimes get angry at myself when I think of all the time I wasted copying files (and failing to copy files) on USB sticks every time I had to use different computers although there was a solution like Dropbox. It took me a long (too long) time to type « sync data between several computers » on google, but I don’t regret having done it.
• Make the most of your software: try something, take a few applications you always use, go on a search engine and type : « name of the application » and « tips ». You will be surprised to discover features that were available all along, you did not know about and that could be really useful to you.
• Learn the shortcuts: Most PC and Mac software has shortcuts. Think about all the time you lose clicking on that function you always use. Well maybe you don’t need too. Maybe two keystrokes are sufficient to do the same action. (Again search engines are full of shortcut tips). And of course both Windows (http://www.guidingtech.com/4535/windows-7-keyboard-shortcut/) and Mac OS (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343) are both full of shortcuts.
• Spread the word: friends don’t let friends lose their time on computers. The more the people around you get productive with their computer, the better. Improve your karma and tell your friends how to stop wasting precious minutes doing stuff that can be done in seconds.
Of course, I took the example of computers here, but I totally believe that this applies to many parts of life. Every time you have a pain, you should try to look for a solution instead of living with it, because it is not likely to go away by itself. And Internet is certainly one of the most wonderful place to find solutions.
Anyway, I hope someday, somebody will say to a friend: “Seriously, you still type your personal information when you want to buy something on the web? Come on, you should use Dashlane”.
Credits : Arthur Fry, inventor of the Post-it note, with one on his forehead with a picture of a lightbulb.