Today, we live in a digital age. It seems like each day, new digital tools are coming out to redefine how we do things. These digital tools range in all areas of our lives, too.
Certainly, highly advanced digital tools can have a lot to do with our ability to succeed in a business venture. Specific digital tools may also have a notably positive impact on our personal lives.
Digital tools are things that you need to manage carefully because they don’t have a universal solution.
Here are a few things to know about digital tools in your business.
They still require human oversight.
The first thing to understand about digital tools is that they always require human oversight, nonetheless. You won’t find some piece of software that can automate some element of your business without any supervision.
This is true regardless of what domain you’re considering. Pros and cons of trading robots exist, just as they exist for CRM platforms.
Be aware that, although your digital tools might prove extremely useful in all sorts of different ways, you will have to treat them as a supplement to your overall professional efforts. They are not as totally self-contained game-changer in and of themselves.
Sometimes, this will mean that the return on investment for using a particular tool just isn’t worth it. You may have to spend so much time monitoring, checking up on, and correcting the work done by the program to render its time-saving benefits redundant.
They can save you a lot of time on repetitive “busy work” tasks.
Digital tools generally work best when it comes to handling the sorts of repetitive “busy work” tasks that you don’t need to engage in an intensely focused or energetic way. Nonetheless, though, they have to get done in order for your business to continue ticking along.
Entering data into spreadsheets, for example, or structuring the basic layout for a presentation, will often fall into this category.
Some jobs will naturally have more of these kinds of “busy work” tasks than others. In any case, since “time is money,” the skillful use of these tools can sometimes yield remarkable benefits for your business in this regard.
They risk severely diminishing your ability to do “deep work.”
A professor and author, Cal Newport, reckons that an overreliance on digital tools – and their oversaturation across the working world – has a lot to do with damaging our ability to do focused, deep work.
In fact, some evidence shows that workers who are expected to be constantly available on messaging apps, do not manage to achieve the same depth of skillful focus as those who are free to work without distractions.
While some digital tools can be undeniably useful, it’s also true that having an overreliance on them–and keeping them going at all hours–can severely diminish your ability to do your best.Published in