|My New Computer|
My rationale for an upgrade was productivity. Internet pages weren't loading quickly and documents were, saving slowly; it was time to invest in speed.
I am not tech savvy, but usually I can get things to work. I took a "just get it done" approach to setting up my new toy.
|Set Up Wasn't This Easy|
My challenges continued. When I thought I was up and running, I was slowed down by what seemed like endless adjustments to factory default settings. Nothing looked the same as before. For example, while writing this post, I found that I was missing my cropping function for pictures. Where did it go and how do I get it back?
As my productivity continued to dip I found myself longing for the good ole days when I was using my old computer. That's when I realized I was struggling with change, just like the people I help lead and manage change at work.
What would I say to myself to get out of the 'valley of despair' of change? I would:
- Remind myself of why the change needed to happen and the cost of using my old computer
- Keep the main benefit of the change front and centre: increased productivity
- Set realistic expectations for the transition period - I am not a technician, so it will take me longer to diagnose and fix problems, and some will not be solved
- Create a sequenced plan and realistic timeline to complete the project
- Enlist people with the skills I don't have - computer technical skills would have been good
- Celebrate small wins: I eventually transferred my Outlook data across versions of Office - high five!