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Chapter 11. Technology saves time > Make good decisions about technology

Make good decisions about technology

To ensure that technology helps you save time and does not waste your time, you should be familiar with some guidelines to making good decisions about technology:

  • Acquire only the technology you need. When considering what technology your staff might need, be sure to plan for growth and development. However, you need to be careful not to buy solely for technology’s sake. No matter what technology you buy, someone will always have technology faster, bigger, and better than yours. Evaluate the needs of your staff, and purchase the technology that’ll help them do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

  • Learn only what applies to you. Do not waste time learning how to program a computer unless it’s a skill your job requires. There is nothing wrong with wanting to learn something new, but if you are wasting valuable time at work and are falling behind because you are a sales representative trying to learn AUTOCAD, you need to better manage your time. Learning everything will not make you better at your job. However, thoroughly learning what you need to know to do your job well will help you accomplish more tasks in less time.

  • Create a time with no interruptions. If you are surrounded by sounds of ringing telephones and e-mail indicators, you should schedule an hour of quiet for yourself. Clearing your mind and your office space of interruptions can sometimes be the best decision you can make about technology.


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