DISCLAIMER: I am not a mental health professional or a doctor nor have I portrayed one on TV. END DISCLAIMER.
Attitude effects a lot of things in life from how we get along to dealing with changes and the always pending crisis that seems to lurk around the next corner. Attitude can affect our health, our state of mind and our overall wellbeing. Attitude can determine how we get along within a company or family.
Without continuing to belabor the obvious, it is safe to say that attitude is an important aspect of our lives and this has never been truer than how we deal with software.
Unless you live under a digital rock you deal with software/applications on a daily basis. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops have applications that can push our buttons as fast as we can push theirs.
Updates, changes, and additions are pushed out regularly and every once in a while a developer will pull the rug out from under everyone with an interface redesign.
All this means one thing.
We adapt or die.
Digitally that is.
When you are faced with learning a new app or a new feature do you embrace the new feature as an advance or do you only see the negatives of what the new features will not do? Are you glad there is a new version with changes or do you dread changes that may affect your workflow?
I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in many beta tests for the various types of software I use. The betas along with workgroup experience have demonstrated to me over the years the vast difference attitude makes when approaching new software or changes to existing software.
To drill down even further anecdotally, this attitude can be transferred to life habits as well as work habits. Those that see only the negatives generally focus on those negatives instead of solutions to work around the problem. At very least it seems to take longer for them to even get to a “solution” frame of mind.
This also has to do with when you started your journey with a particular piece of software. If you are a long-time user from a decade or more ago then you are more used to limitations than someone that started using the software after all the bells and whistles started being added.
Digital grunts like myself have been at this game for a long time and we can remember when almost everything was a workaround and required a slew of different programs to get the job done. Now we are seeing Swiss army knife type applications providing almost turnkey solutions.
We invest time and money in these applications so when they are changed some of us can get a bit testy and most of us are always wary of what was changed and, what was deprecated.
Did they take away my favorite feature??? I don’t see the button!!!
Chances are if a popular feature disappeared on an update it will still be in there is some form. If not, there was a reason, so we move on as there is no choice.
It is a slippery slope when products are held up to a standard of what they can’t do versus what they were released to do. There will always be something a particular piece of software won’t be able to do even if it seems it should.
This is based on our personal perspective, experience, and expectations. If the software has a lot of users, then it covers a lot of hopes and expectations within the ranks of those users. It is impossible to please or deal with all those variables so there will always be disappointed users.
Negative or positive you are going to learn the software but being positive can make it a more pleasant and retentive learning experience without all the drama that can drain your energy. Especially concerning things end users have little to no control over.
Plus… how can you be creative when you are always frustrated or mad at your tools?
Try to work with what you are given instead being bummed about what you don’t have.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.