Have you ever asked yourself this question ‘What good is it if you never use it?”
I have a confession- I love technology and new gadgets. My husband often teases me that office organization and technology stores are my shoe stores. I’ll admit I have what a recent prospect called the “shiny new object” syndrome-most of us do.
Whenever a cool new item comes out (smartphone, computer, tablet, scanner-and yes handbag or shoe!) that little thing in the back of my head says “ooh I want that” and I add it to my “/like to have/must have” list.
Now I’ve been told a few times in life that “I’m old enough for my wants to hurt”so I am familiar with the concept of delayed gratification (thanks to my Jamaican family for that important life lesson). It has saved me considerable expense, time and aggravation-not to mention not having to explain things to my husband.
Let me tell you why. I have come to understand-what good is the latest and greatest gadget or tool if I never use it?
Many times when we run out and give in to consumer and peer pressure we purchase a new item to replace a perfectly functioning item without considering how we will use it or if it will really fill that perceived need or void in our lives.
So as much as I love shiny new objects, I force myself to ask a few key questions before committing to a new purchase:
- How is what I want to get different from what I already own?
- Have I explored the features and functions of what I already have to see if I am using them all?
- What significant pain or problem will this new item solve for ME vs the people portrayed using it?
What usually happens is that I realize that as cool a the new gadget is, I can live and function perfectly well without it. Asking these key questions usually forces me to explore an existing resource that I’ve under-utilized. I’ve been able to dust of what’s old, make it shiny and fall in love again-and save money in the long run.
So when you get caught up looking at the shiny new objects around you- take a good hard look at what you already have and ask the key question- what good is it if I never use it?
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