2 Easy Steps

A special feature from Janine Sobeck, Technical blogger*

Yep, technology has become a huge part of our everyday lives. It’s everywhere you look and everywhere you breathe. Between our computer, smartphone, fitness band, and entertainment system, most of our daily activities center on some sort of device. It can be overwhelming at times and that’s why it’s so important to take the time just to stay current and in the know.

While most people feel comfortable with technology basics, many feel overwhelmed by the pressure to stay current in today’s ever evolving technology environment. To help you feel secure in your technological prowess, here are two easy ways to stay up with technology trends.

1. Prioritize

It’s important to realize that staying up-to-date with every new gadget and program is a fulltime job – and then some. Instead of tracking every new release, take a moment to figure out what technologies are most important to you (and why). Do you want to communicate with your grandchildren? Then pay special attention to video technology like Skype and FaceTime. Interested in seeing photos and activities of family members? Focus on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Searching for ways to keep yourself healthy and active? Fitness bands and wearable technologies are the place to be! When you prioritize what is important to you, it is easier to focus on the technologies that matter the most.

2. Find a Mentor

Some people actually do commit all their working hours (and more) to tracking, learning, and experimenting with every new technology. Most of them are willing to share their wisdom with others. That means, for the average technology user, the best way to stay on top of technology trends is to find a mentor. This can be a friend, a family member, or a trusted expert. Or, you could seek out assistance from a company such as iTOK, where Technology Advisors introduce you to the technologies that support your priorities and teach you how to use them.

You don’t have to own every new technology that comes onto the market. By figuring out your personal priorities and then finding a mentor, you can be confident that you are staying on top of the technology trends that will enrich your life.

*Janine Sobeck is a writer and blogger for iTOK.net, a remote tech support company that helps people enjoy their digital lives, She is also a professional dramaturge and enjoys connecting audiences to creative experiences. You can contact her at: janine.sobeck@itok.net