Advice for newcomers, work smart not hard, how to beat imposter syndrome.

Advice for newcomers

This is the perfect article to read if you are new to technology and like a lot of people do not understand technology. Understanding technology is becoming more important every day. It is everywhere, your washing machine, your car, even water temperature is starting to be regulated by technology. So, let's talk tech!

  1. Our first piece of advice is to know what you want to achieve. If you know what you want to achieve then we can work out the solution.

  2. We all know the term, 'don't fix what isn't broken.' Let's throw that out the window and think, 'what can we do better?'

  3. COVID-19 and how it's changed the world. Video calling (a phone call when you can see each other) is the new norm and let us keep it that way. Face to face conversations are much more effective than emails.

  4. Take advantage of the software (these are the programs on your computer and phones) that may already be available. There are so many programs out there that there is certainly one for your needs. If not, we will make one for you, it is what we do.

  5. Remember that technology allows people to contact you whenever you are using it (this is called being online). To get things done, put aside some time of day to turn off your phone and go offline (there is a button to make people think you are offline) to minimize distractions.

  6. Think about how you would like your technology to work. Do you want it to do crazy mathematical equations or do you just want it to be easy to use (that is an option).

  7. Make sure that you use the right technology for the right jobs. Do not use your phone to count how many steps you took today, that is what your Fitbit (clever watch that does more than tell the time) is for.

  8. The most important advice for newcomers is about security. Password safety is paramount. If you are unsure about how this is best done, see our article

    Password Security. It has all the best hints and advice on good passwords and how to remember them.

Work smart not hard

Have you ever found that it seems difficult and time consuming to get things done? Here are our tips to combat that.

  1. Multitasking. I'm just kidding. Try single tasking. You will find that your to-do list shortens a lot faster if you just focus on one thing at a time.

  2. Have a to-do list. Instead of trying to remember all the things you need to do, you can cheat and have it written down.

  3. Make sure you start with the more difficult jobs first, which helps decrease stress as the day and week go on.

  4. My favorite part of my job is my breaks. Try to have more, even if it just looking away from your screen for twenty seconds. You will find it easier to focus.

  5. Put similar tasks together so that your brain does not have to work so hard trying to keep up with different processes.

  6. Afternoon nap. No, you are not being lazy. An afternoon nap of about twenty minutes allows your brain to rest just enough to get you through the rest of the day more productively.

  7. I said it once before and I will say it again Work offline, turn off your phone. It is a lot easier to focus without distractions grabbing your attention.

  8. This may seem old fashioned but trying using pen and paper when taking notes. You will find it easier to remember things if you write it down instead of typing it out.

  9. Go to a park or a green area during your break. Nature is great for your health and your focus.

  10. Become an early riser. You will find that you have more time in your day if you wake up early and go to bed early.

How to beat imposter syndrome

Ever feel like you don't belong? You doubt your abilities particularly around people with the same abilities. Here are some tips for beating imposter syndrome.

  1. You are not the only one. I have felt like an imposter countless times. Have faith in yourself. If you don't have the confidence, then fake the confidence (fake it 'til you make it(. Soon the confidence will become real and you will no longer feel like an imposter (this will take time, there is no instant fix).

  2. Allow yourself to make mistakes. You are only human. It is natural and normal to make a mistake. Learn from them and don't spend countless hours berating yourself. Making a mistake does NOT mean that you are an imposter and don't belong.

  3. A job well done. If you reward yourself for doing something well then you will feel the confidence to feel that you do belong and people will be drawn towards that confidence.

  4. Think positively. A positive mindset can make your whole life turn around. Look for the silver lining in every situation and soon you will find that a positive outlook will make you happier and more confident.

These are just a few of the ways to beat imposter syndrome but I have found them to be highly effective. It is all about having that confidence. You DO belong.