How to Keep up With Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Realistic

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With Patience And Persistence You Can Keep Up With Technology

I always ask my kids, say, right before I tell them they have to clean their room, “Would you like the good news first or the bad news first?”

My older son says, “I hate playing that game with you, Mommy, because the bad news is usually pretty bad and the good news is usually boring.”

Here’s how it went this Saturday morning:

Me: Would you like the good news first or the bad news first?

Older son: The bad news.

Me: You have to clean your room.

Younger son (looking bright-eyed and expectant): What’s the good news?

Me: After you’re done, you’ll have a fresh, clean bedroom.

Older son and younger son (together): That’s not good news — that’s boring!

Do You Want The Good News or The Bad News?

I guess you’ve figured out by now that I’m going to give you both the good news and the bad news and I’m hoping you will find it less boring than a fresh, clean bedroom!

The Bad News About How to Keep up With Technology

Let’s start, as I almost always do, with the bad news. The bad news is that not only is it an effort to keep up with technology, but it’s also very important that you do.

Those who know me know that I am a self-made “come back kid” and that, following a divorce and a good ten years out of the traditional work force, I had puh-lenty of catch up to play when I found myself back at the office.

I understand the difficulty of learning technology practically from scratch and I understand the value of preventing yourself from getting that far behind.

Don’t get me wrong: I also understand the value of staying home with young children and, say, breastfeeding.

I’m not saying that you should forego a stint at home (although you will suffer the Mommy tax I believe it is worth it). What I am saying is that, after about a year per child, it is an excellent idea to commit to keeping abreast of technology, your industry’s latest trends and your colleagues — even if it’s just a quick cup of coffee or the occasional text.

The Good News About How to Keep up With Technology

The good news is that there are plenty of resources online and off to help you keep up with technology. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours a week keeping your toe in.

Here’s what I suggest:

  1. Set a Google Alert for “hot technology trends” or similar.
  2. Subscribe to the following via RSS or email:
  3. Check out free online video tutorials.
  4. Learn to code online — for free.
  5. Take a class at a community college.
  6. Go to tech and (your) industry-related meetups.

And that, friends, is enough good news about how to keep up with technology to keep you busy for a long time!

Your Turn

How do you stay connected with technology when taking (necessary) time off. Let us know in the comments.

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