Frustration and Hi-Tech

 

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Frustration and Hi-Tech

 

Early Morning Frustration

 

You get up early and you are raring to go. Frustration is the last thing on your mind. You have a plan and you have motivation. You even have some time parameters that you have to work within but you have allowed yourself enough time to do everything.  You turn on the coffee and go to your computer and sit down to start writing and the damn thing freezes up. It doesn’t die, oh no, not yet. It takes eleven minutes to slowly fade program by program as your core temperature rises and your face begins to change colours. You move through suffused pink and into low tones of red by the time it finally goes black.

 

Frustration! Warning Signs are Flashing

Then what puts you over the edge and into the range of heart jammer purple is the speed at which it turns itself back on. Of course you’re going to update everything under the sun but c’mon computer, not today. The frustration meter is cranked right over into the danger zone as one program after another crawls across your screen. How can anything so fast be this slow? It’s a miracle that never ceases to amaze me. The miracle of modern technology and hi-tech and the almost inequitable amounts of sheer frustration that come with it.

 

Car vs. Computer

If you’re at all like me then you have faced this scenario before. I am the first to admit that I am not a technical wizard, nor am I a mechanic. I own a truck. If I take reasonable care to change the oil every now and then and remember to put fuel in it then I expect when I jump in that it will likely start when I turn the ignition key. Over the years that I have owned vehicles there has been the odd time that they wouldn’t start but by and large that’s been few and far between. It doesn’t seem to be an enormous Kneivel-like leap of faith to expect the same from my computer. Yet it seems to find new ways to cause me frustration.

 

Frustration on a Grand Scale

I am sure that most everyone has been at a conference or on a webinar that was to begin at a certain time. I am also sure that the people hosting and preparing for the event or webcast have spent a great deal of time testing and making sure that everything works prior to the start time. Despite their best efforts the odds are no better than 50/50 that they can begin on time due to technical glitches or failures. You can hear the frustration in the presenters voice. They were primed ready to go and suddenly they are at the whim of some electronic device that seems to take a personal glee in being frustrating and balky.

 

Humans the Cause of Frustration?

Of course the problem almost always sourced back to a human who forgot to flip a switch or toggle a button or had the wrong program open. I find this sort of thing frustrating in the extreme, not so much because it eats up a lot of time and dulls my enthusiasm, but more because when it does begin to work I have no idea what I have done to fix it. If I knew then maybe the next time I would be able to conjure up the same magic and wave my wand and do it again. I am sure there are technicians somewhere that can do this stuff in their sleep, but all too often I have watched them poring over my computer with the same concentration and puzzlement that I exhibit and once they have ‘cured’ it they shrug their shoulders in the same manner as I. I can only imagine that if it’s a frustration to me with my limited skill set then it has to be doubly so for them when they have far more knowledge than I.

 

Put Frustration in the Rear-view Mirror

On the other hand, if that little moment of frustration is going to be the worst thing that’s going to happen to me today, I am styling. I have so much to be thankful for and so many other reasons to smile. And, I’m still going to meet my deadlines. So take that balky technology! 

Till Next Time….

 

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10 Responses to “Frustration and Hi-Tech”

  1. Jeff Rutter Says:

    To err is human, to completely FUBAR things requires a computer.
    Good post Sigrid, I’ve been there too many times
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    sigrid Reply:

    You said it Jeff!!

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  2. Dave Says:

    Awesome post. We all have these frustrations from time to time. Unfortunately it is the world we live in. Today the technology reigns supreme and without it we fall behind. But like ourselves it is never perfect.
    Like you said look at the things you have to be grateful for and let the frustration melt away. Technology won’t stop you….. only you can stop you.

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    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Dave. I have to admit that in the past I have let my frustrations with technology stop me. I finally came to the conclusion that I was stopping myself, and made the decision to just “get er done” even tho’ it is not perfect!

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  3. Robert David Strong Says:

    Good evening Sigrid,

    Oh boy, have we been there before, as we create different websites for different small business owners, there sometimes is some really custom things that we need to do, and of course, issues arise.

    Or there are days that just like you mention, our computers go crazy, and it seems we could build a fire, and send up smoke signals and get a response back much quicker.

    The great thing though about all these issues, is that we are focused, we know what we want and we fight to get there. Keep fighting and winning!
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    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Robert. I have had those days too when all things technical seem to rear up and do all they can do to muck things up. You are so right that if we just keep focused (and I try to respond and not react), we will get through these issues. You keep fighting and winning too!

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  4. joel pashkin Says:

    I so relate to your morning experience. Great post Thanks
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    sigrid Reply:

    You are so welcome Joel!

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  5. Greg Agustin Jr. Says:

    Haha.. What a great share Sigrid.. I am positively without a doubt 100% sure that everyone has been through it.. I love your positive perspective and a demonstration of exactly how one should react to the situation..

    There are worse things and a little technical difficulty shouldn’t stop anyone from reaching their potential! Thanks, Sigrid!
    Greg Agustin Jr. recently posted…Top 4 Obstacles Keeping You From Business SuccessMy Profile

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    sigrid Reply:

    Hey Greg, you are very welcome! In this day and age of technology, technical issues are sure to catch up with all of us at one time or another. How we respond to it is another matter!

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