Most of us use tech on a day to day basis nowadays. We use it to work. We use it to socialise. We use it for our banking. We use it to shop. We use it for almost everything. So, it’s not all too surprising we want to be as adept with our tech as possible. It can make our life easier and more streamlined, so it’s surely an area worth investing in! Here are a few areas you can focus on to make sure you’re using any tech you engage with to its full potential!
Read the Manual
The first step you should take when getting started with any new piece of equipment or tech is to read the manual that comes with it. Now, we are fully aware that the vast majority of people do not do this. This is a booklet that most often gets left in the box without even being opened. But these manuals aren’t made for no reason. They introduce you to the tech you are using. They familiarise you with its basics. They show you more intricate ins and outs. They can really help you to master it and, perhaps even more importantly, overcome any obstacles you may experience with it. So, make sure to actually take the time to read the manual that comes with any tech you have. It’s worth the time and effort.
Follow On-Screen Introductions
When you download new software, whether that’s a programme on your computer or an app on your phone, you’re bound to find on-screen introductions. Again, these tend to be something that people ignore. Many people click skip until they get to actually using the software and playing around with it themselves. But why ignore a tutorial made by the company that has actually created this programme? Most click through introductions don’t take long but can actually really help you to get the utmost for what you’ve downloaded or bought.
There are plenty of online tutorials that will take you beyond the basics of the tech that you’re using. They can show you all sorts of tips and tricks that will make using the tech easier or help you to get more from it. This could vary from how to take a scrolling screenshot to how to get specific special effects in photoshop. The more you know, the more you can achieve. So, take a little time to learn and expand your skill set.
If you want to go all out, remember there are high level or professional courses out there. Most people will only opt for these if they intend to make money from the skill set they’re picking up. But whether you are aiming to become a professional in a specific area of tech, or are simply passionate about it and want to learn more, these classes can prove extremely rewarding!
These steps are simple and may seem straightforward, but surprisingly few people consider actually taking them. Where possible, make sure you do. They will give you much more power over the tech you use and will allow you to get a lot more from it!