This is the question you may ask yourself when you hear or read about a new technology or online shortcut. How much effort will it take for me to learn and how much benefit will I gain once I do?
Our brains automatically start weighing up the pro’s and con’s of learning a “new way”. And certainly you wouldn’t want to waste all your time trying to learn every new trick, tip and shortcut. Many may not be relevant to your lifestyle, after all. But how many timesavers or chances to avoid hassle are you ignoring simply because you let the thought of investing a couple minutes trying something out get in your way?
Yes, there’s a chance you’ll end up discouraged and frustrated. But there’s a better chance you’ll have learned something valuable. Plus stretching our brains to learn something new is great for our brains, building new connections! That’s why learning a new language builds connections but speaking one we already know (even if a second or third language) does not. So you’ll stand to benefit whether you end up using the new skill or not.
Would you find it valuable to never again have to wait outside for a bus for 10, 15 or even 30 minutes? You could learn how to look up “live” (actual) bus times online and time your leaving just right.
Would you like to enjoy your favorite music station anywhere your laptop or phone goes? You can learn to find your stations on the Internet and enjoy from anywhere you have connection.
What if you could automatically enlarge the font size in the emails you receive? Would this be worth 5 minutes of your time to learn?
Technology can enhance your productivity and enjoyment of life. You just need to invest a bit of patience and time to pick up the tricks that matter to you. Let us know in the comments if there’s something in particular you’d like to learn!