At the risk of repeating myself, when it comes to technology, I’m … well, I’m bad. From hunting and pecking at the keyboard and not knowing how to use many of the programs on my computer, to barely getting by on Instagram. But for the most part, it hasn’t really mattered for me, because luckily my profession doesn’t require me to type regularly, or use Excel and PowerPoint.
Over the years, however, with email, the Internet and then proliferation of social media, it’s become harder and harder to not have any tech skills at all, so I’ve had to learn a bit. I’m much faster with my hunting and pecking these days; and a few years ago, as I finally decided to take the plunge into social media, my daughter and other family members helped give me some basic lessons.
Today, I get by okay. I’m confident posting pictures on Instagram (though I regularly have to ask Mandy to help with tagging and the occasional password reminder when I get booted off) and can even Tweet when I have to. I have no trouble shopping online, and because of this blog I’ve even learned to log into WordPress to comment, as well as use Dropbox on occasion. Oh, and I can screenshot from my phone with the best of them, haha.
But there are some many areas in which I still struggle. I had more than 22,000 emails in my inbox with no real idea how to get rid of them. I had photos and files so scattered on my desktop than I couldn’t find anything. And you all post such great images and comments on social media, I really would love to know a little more about engaging there.
So, a few weeks ago, when Mandy was at my house to film my little Instant Pot Carrot Cake experiment, we decided to use the baking time wisely and do a tech lesson.
We started with my email. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you there were more than 22,000. Somehow I keep finding myself on new spam lists and I was honestly tempted to just delete my account and start over. But with a few clicks, Mandy helped me set up some tabs so those spam emails go somewhere else. And since then she’s shown me how to delete them in mass. I’m down to 7,000!! We also set up some folders for the emails I’d like to keep.
Next we tackled my desktop. I have always saved everything there and almost never delete, so it was a mess! First, Mandy showed me how to view all that craziness in a way that made it easier to see what was what. Then she showed me how to selected and trash a bunch of stuff at once, and helped me set up some folders to organize the rest. It really is crazy how knowing how to do a few simple things can make things so much easier.
Of course we tried to capture a little of this madness on camera. For those of you who might struggle like I do, I’m not sure this will help you with your own tech issues. But maybe it’ll convince you to find someone to help. Even my 84 year old mother-in-law recently ventured to the Apple store to get some lessons on her phone (another example of it’s never too late!).