Learning is a good thing, especially when you do it by trial and error. There is a sense of accomplishment in figuring out something on your own, just by using all the resources available, including the brain.
Since 2012, I have made a concerted effort to do away with the old way of doing things and only sticking to what I knew and was comfortable with. The first time I saw a friend with an iPad, I ‘pffffed’ at their need to ‘follow fashion,’ as Jamaicans would say. I then remember being with another friend one day and she took out her iPad to show me some pictures. I got a close up view of the gadget. A trip to New York later that year saw me heading to THE Apple store soon after arriving. Expensive, yes, but it has been well worth it.
That was the significant event which led to other tech-type developments such as the creation of this website after going to a Bootcamp to learn how to do the basics and get the hosting set up.
Applying this new found technology interest to my professional life, I started to explore various tools that could be used to help employees work more efficiently. The latest search is for a collaboration tool which does not cost any money. Who doesn’t like free things?
I am now testing out the Google Apps. Even though I have had a Gmail account from the days when you had to get an invitation to sign up (thanks Ryan!), I only used to stick to the email function. Then later I used the Calendar, and even helped a client by creating a shared calendar for all the employees to add appointments to.
Google Docs is the new experiment. If several persons have to make changes to a document, usually what would happen is each person would save the file, make the changes, then email it back to the coordinator who would have to sift through the Track Changes highlights to find what to extract. That is so last century!
Since the weather is rainy today and I will be spending most of the day indoors, techy learning will be on the agenda. Below is what my screen looks like now. Contact me if you would like to share other resources from which I could learn even more.