Humanize IT Podcast Blog: Not Another Tool
Updated: Jun 3
Every professional relies on tools to help simplify their jobs and save them time, whether you use power tools, IT tools or online tools. Some look for the newest, shiniest gadgets, while others stick with their oldest and most trusted devices. In some way or another, we’ve all encountered problems and relied on tools to solve them. However, it’s always possible to have too much of a good thing.
To Keep or Not to Keep
How many times have you bought or downloaded a tool you forgot about? Say you purchased an awesome, new power tool for your bathroom renovation. It served its purpose by saving you loads of time and simplifying your remodeling process. Your bathroom looks great.
But now what?
Do you let this tool sit in your garage and wait for the off chance that maybe, someday, you’ll have the glorious moment of digging it out and using it again? Or, do you get rid of the tool and feel guilty about buying something pricey that you only used once?
Every time you’re considering purchasing a new tool, ask yourself: will the time and stress I save be worth the money I spend?
If yes, then ask: do I have enough space (physically or digitally) to store this tool once my project is complete? And if not, is this something I’ll feel comfortable getting rid of after only one or two uses?
Evaluating and answering these questions honestly will help you avoid “tool hoarding,” which can become a problem in IT, in your own profession and in the real world.
All About the Experience
Another important lesson: don’t focus on the tool itself, but rather your experiences using the tools. Professionals in every trade have acquired tips and tricks throughout the years by facing problems, then finding the appropriate devices to solve them. Your past struggles and the tools you chose to help you overcome them are why you do things a certain way in your career today.
In the IT world of the late 90s and early 2000s, there was no Google; no shortcut. Just you, a stack of giant books, your brain, and days of hard work. Today, however, you can almost guarantee if you encounter a problem, there’s a tool to fix it.
If you’ve been around the block in your career, it’s important to recognize how far you’ve come — which tools have been with you since day one? What’s a tool you’ve recently acquired that you now can’t live without?
By doing this, you’ll learn that tools are more than their name. They’re your personal collection of devices, gadgets, softwares, etc., that you’ve gathered over the years based on experience. Your “toolbox” has helped bring you and your business to long-term, sustainable success.