Take Charge of Your Computer!

It’s a great rallying call for a whole lot of people, and I often get the feeling that many go straight to “the devil is in the details.” So in my next few blogs  I will address ways to learn about computers with a Take Charge spirit as you make sense of the task at hand.

Success in A Digital World™ comes from having a foundation of digital survival strategies for making sense of what you need to know and learn, and the digital survival skills to take care of yourself now and in the future. Digital survival strategies and skills will allow you to solve problems and troubleshoot when you have to and educate yourself when you need or want to.

Step 1 Map it out. What do you want and what will it take to get you there? Breaking your learning plan down into important categories will keep you from being so overwhelmed. The map above includes basic categories of knowledge you need to learn about, and related motivations based on what you might want to do.

In a digital world, we believe that everyone needs basic knowledge about: backing up your data; preserving your security and privacyorganizing your computer and your information then finding it again; learning, having fun and saving time and money with the Internet; and staying connected to people who matter online. Not to mention solving problems and troubleshooting.

To make the most of your computer you need to be able to protect it from viruses. When your computer is protected, so is the privacy of your data/information (email, documents, photos, music, files, etc.).

To use, enjoy, and build on your data over time you have to keep it secure from more than outside threats. You have to guard against hardware failure and natural disaster too. At the most basic level, no data is safe unless you back it up.

To use, enjoy, and build on your data over time you have to be able to find it when you need it. Understanding that you will benefit from organizing your information, knowing the basics of file structure, having a plan for how to organize your files, what to save, and how to search your own computer (as well as the Web) are essential to your computing happiness.

To use, enjoy, and build on your data over time it helps to be able to add quality data to your personal library. Developing Internet research skills will help you find quality information without wasting your time.

If you want to use your computer and the web to stay in touch with people who matter to you personally or professionally, then you need to be aware of the different ways you can communicate with your computer. Once you decide if you are going to email, blog, make free calls on the Internet, collaborate using Instant Messaging, or whatever else you want to do, it is time to pay attention to how other people talk and act when they use it.

Where are you with your learning? I suggest a map. If you start yours now, we can work through the steps together.

Join me next week for Step 2 and we’ll talk strategy for each essential area of knowledge you need to survive in a digital world.