One of our aims for participants on the Digital Action Plan is to help form digital habits and some ongoing curiosity.
People often ask: ‘how can I stay on top of all this stuff?’ The short answer is: you can’t, really. But there are other people who are great at identifying trends, inspiring ideas and case studies. A bit of effort is needed initially, to find people who you think are interesting and who you respect for their knowledge. Then you need to find a way to keep up with what they’re saying, which suits the rhythm of your week.
Here are a few people I read regularly, and the way in which I keep up with them:
Sometimes, I’ll read about a tool or channel that I think might be useful to include in people’s Action Plans. Obviously I need to know how it works, and feel confident using it. That helps me understand how it might work in a corporate context, even if I don’t particularly take to it personally.
However, if I download an app, the chances are it’ll sit on my phone, untouched and taking up memory. Therefore, I have a little rule about the home screen on my phone: this is reserved for apps that I’m using all the time, plus a few ‘experiments’. Leaving them here prompts me to have a play around, on the train home, when I’m having a coffee, or waiting in a queue.