3 Ways to Ease Through Technological Frustration
I want to thank Donna K. Fitch for guest posting on my blog today. She has some great advice on a topic that all of us can relate to! Take it away Donna…
One of the most frustrating experiences we can have in modern life is problems with technology. Our phone connection fails right in the middle of an important call. The computer picks that particular moment to blow up, just before an important deadline. Autocorrect transforms our loving text message into a crude harangue. Rather than viewing our electronic devices as additional stressors, here are a few ways to alleviate some of the frustration.
- Remind yourself it’s a tool.
As I write this post, I’m still fuming about the content management software we use at work and how it isn’t bowing to my commands. Rather than let it ruin a significant portion of my day, I remind myself it’s doing what I told it to do, see if I can find a fix, and move on. Electronic devices become such a part of our lives that we tend to regard them as miracles. And they definitely are amazing. But we are the ones wielding the device, not the other way around. “You are a hammer,” I just said out loud to my computer. “Do what I tell you.”
- Connect with a knowledgeable friend.
Instead of pounding the keyboard or throwing the mouse across the room (which I often get the urge to do), take a breath and verbalize your frustration to someone. Don’t draw her into your feelings of stress, but explain in a calm voice what the problem is. Sometimes just the act of verbalizing helps to soothe those jangled nerves. If she knows a thing or two about your device, you’ll have the added bonus of providing her a chance to shine by helping you. And there you go—a bonding moment and a learning experience.
- Take a stroll.
At work, I find my frustrations with computers come when I’ve spent too much time doing one thing. Our minds get overloaded with task after task, irritant after irritant. If you find yourself growling at the computer or visualizing stomping its creator in the face, push back from the keyboard and take a walk. A ten- or fifteen-minute stroll helps reconnect the mind, giving a fresh perspective. I work at a university with a gorgeous campus, so those times when I take advantage of a chance to stretch my legs also has the benefit of refreshing my soul with green grass, blue skies and joyful students throwing Frisbee on the quad. When I return, I don’t feel quite as much like a vulture, hunched over the keyboard waiting for it to die. I find my thoughts are sorted out and I see clearly what the previous problem was.
I hope these methods help you next time you are frustrated with technology. What are some ways you cope? Share them in the comments below.
Donna K. Fitch, MLS (Master of Library Science), MCert (Master’s Certificate in Web Design and Development), is the founder and CEO of Maximum Author Impact, creating beautiful WordPress websites, training webinars and other resources for indie authors. She is the independent author of Second Death, The Source of Lightning, and The Color of Darkness and Other Stories, newsletter web editor and member of the Horror Writers Association, and a member of the Alexandria Publishing Group, aimed at raising the level of professionalism among indie authors. In her day job, she is the digital communication specialist in the office of marketing and communication at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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