What Do You Personally Do to Make Tech Easier for Yourself?

This site is dedicated to making tech easier, whether it’s help with installing a new OS, advice on the best apps for a certain task, or explaining something very technical in layman’s terms. Many of us already have things that we do to make tech easier, though, so we asked our writers, “What do you do to make tech easier?

Trevor tries to manage his Pocket account so it’s not too full of junk that he thought he would use. Additionally, he “goes all in” on new tech when he’s trying it out. He’ll “run two systems and decide which is better.”

Simon finds that “it’s always healthy to keep a finger on the pulse of technology and have a sense of curiosity as well.” He learns about new technology and how it works to “help demystify the world of tech and make it easier to judge” whether it’s “the next best thing or simply a passing fad.” He also likes to make tech easier for his family as well.

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Alex always asks “why something works the way it does.” He notes that it’s one thing to understand the steps you’re taking to solve a problem, but if you understand why you’re doing it, “you can generalize the solution to other situations and problems.”

For Phil it all comes down to documentation. He advises to “read the flipping manual and write down everything you do, photograph stuff you take apart, and generally make notes as you go.” The only time he has difficult with tech is when he can’t remember what he did before.

As for me, it may sound simple, but I just try to stay calm and go through one step at a time. When we look at a problem as a whole, it can seem insurmountable, but if you go one step at a time and stay calm, you can keep from getting frustrated with it, thereby making it easier.

Other than looking for help on this site, what else do you do to make tech easier? Do you follow similar steps as our writers or do you have your own methods? Join our conversation below in the comments and let us know what you do.

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