The computer has become the most important tool that we have even had. But we keep using it as an old-fashioned typewriter. And that's entirely possible, just like driving an airliner on a motorway. But wasn't that thing meant to fly?! A lot our attention, time and effectiveness leaks away because we are not using computers to anywhere near their full potential. And if we're not digitally fit, it's hard to stay mentally fit...
Welcome to Digital Fitness!
One of your most important resources is our information capital. Amazingly, tend to store those valuables in the digital equivalent of old socks. They're called folders, subfolders or documents.
Because of this it's often very hard or even impossible to get to that information quickly. An astonishing amount of time, but especially energy and strength is being wasted with fruitless browsing folders and documents. This lack of information liquidity is one of the biggest limitations in our work.
At Digital Fitness you'll learn to use your information capital in a smarter way.
What is it?
For about 10 years we have been dealing with the impact of the network and information society, which is heavily influenced by technologies. The concequences of this can't be overestimated.
Digital awareness is mainly about what this requires of our attitudes and behaviours, both as individuals and as organizations. We will need very different paradigms for organizing our work.
If you are not adequately aware of this, then you might underestimate the need for things like adequate and up-to-date digital skills.
- Cleaning up digital clutter
- Preventing digital scams
- Having a plan B: backups
Digital housekeeping is regularly ensuring that your information is only where it should be and is only available to those who need it. This will prevent people from gaining access to the wrong information or having information to be found by the wrong people.
It's important to store login credentials in a smart way, having multi-factor authentication and you should be able to recognize fraud attempts, such as phishing.
Unfortunately, devices tend to break down or get lost at the worst possible moment. That is why you should keep your valuable information in more than one place.
The big promise of Information Technology and automation has been that we all would be able to work less hard and had less tedious work. The opposite has turned out to be true.
We are busier than ever and work-related stress and information overload are commonplace. This is not very surprising, as organizations pay little to no attention to stress-reducing digital skills. And that is a shame.
Knowledge worker with well-kept digital skills, easily save a few hundred hours a year, are more effective and less stressed about their work.
Personal knowledge management
For many larger organizations the holy grail of information for more than 10 years has been effective knowledge management.
And that is very logical: because if a large multinational like Philips knew what all people know about Philips, Philips would fare a lot better.
But a crucial fallacy is being made around knowledge management, a fallacy that almost everyone in the world of technology makes.
The digital tools used are usually slow and cumbersome to use and do not provide an immediate benefit to employees. As a result, no one is going to use it, no matter how much money is being invested! Moreover, employees are given far too little say and autonomy to actually bend those tools to suite their working preference.
But there is good news: a whole generation of new tools has become available that are fast, easy, powerful, adaptable and also dirt cheap. This allows the individual employee to "capture" their knowledge and easily share it with the rest of the organization.
The relatively new area of personal management is the ideal solution for many of the effectiveness issues of modern organizations.
Personal growth using technology
As human beings, we want to keep working on ourselves so keep optimizing everything we do. As a result, we become healthier, happier and more effective, in both our (knowledge) work and our lives as a whole. Technology can play a major role in this.
For example, you can use technology to record your progress and provide yourself with valuable insights. Think for instance of thue Quantified Self movement that focuses on things such as movement, sleep and heart monitoring, but also reflective strategies and tools such as (bullet) journaling and weekly or quarterly reviews or hacking the learning itself via spaced repetition and active recalling.
But technology can also make you more effective in things that your brain has trouble with without help. Consider, for example, the daily planning and timely warnings for appointments and deadlines for someone with ADHD or being able to record texts with speech to text in case of dyslexia.
You can use technology to function at a higher level than you would otherwise have been able to.
How does one become digitally fit?
The answer to this question will vary per person and per organization. It depends on the type of work you do and it will change over time.
That's why staying digitally fit is just as important as getting there.
At Digital Fitness, we keep you sharp on these questions and we have solutions and solution directions that can easily save you hundreds of hours and a lot of stress.
You'll hear more from us soon!
Too curious to wait? We get that 😉
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org