Monday, September 1, 2008

Let go of your Fear of Technology, Get Savvy

Many times moms limit their own abilities online because of their fear of the computer, or having to complete computer related tasks. Many times its this "I can't do it" attitude that puts a halt to learning some very simple things about using the internet, email and files. What you need to arm yourself effectively to start "doing" instead of "wishing" is to first make the decision to do so. Put your "learning" cap on and realize that you overcome this thats slowing down the process of your growth online, in your personal life or even as it applies in your online business.

The fact is that technology is all around us, on the tv, on the computer, on our cell phones, everywhere we look. So its far much better to embrace it than to feel overcome and defeated by it when in reality you are only defeating yourself by a choice. So - today you can. Say it with me now, TODAY I CAN. It sounds so silly but its true that if you believe you can achieve something than you can and you will. Here are few simple steps you can take to being a more tech savvy mom:

1. Break it into bite-sized digestible pieces. Just like you would break apart a sandwich for your toddler to make smaller chewable pieces, its a great idea to do this with learning for yourself. Take it one task at a time. Make a list for yourself of tasks you want to learn and make a point every day to learn one task. This will nourish your "tech" brain and before you know it you will be able to help others do the tasks you learned.

2. Be panoramic. See the whole picture. When you learn more and know more you are better able to complete other tasks that relate to using the computer and it will make everything easier as a whole. You will be able to better manage your time, make use of the wonderful tools the internet has to offer, and start crossing items off of your list!

3. Focus on what is useful to you. Realize that you don't have to know it all. There is an influx of cool options and things to do on the internet and find what best applies to your life, your family and your business. Focus on things that are going to help you accomplish what you want to do.

4. Look at what you already know. Build upon where you have started, and at each step and task learned your confidence will continue, and so will your knowledge. You have already accomplished specific things. This took time and effort. Anything worth knowing will be worth the work and time you put into it.

5. Don't try to do it all alone. There are many support groups where you can interact with your peers through yahoo groups, forums, and online communities. Google "mom home business forums" for example and you will find others like you who are willing to share their wealth of information and knowledge to you. Learning from your peers is a great way to make friends as well as expanding your skills.

6. Take advantage of Google. There are many articles and resources online for learning how to do almost anything. If you type it in google, it will be there. You can obtain how to's on how to use an auction template to how to optimize your website for search engines. The amount you can learn is limitless, thanks to powerful search engine.

7. Keep it Sassy. Make learning fun. Incorporate technology into your every day life and use the skills you are learning and before you know it you will be a master of the puter!