My last blog classified people as “Starters” or “Finishers”. People can also be classified as “Stackers” vs. “Spreaders” (when putting stuff on a counter) as well as “Complicators” vs. “Simplifiers” (for just about everything). I like to think of myself as a Simplifier (or more accurately a “Stacker”, “Simplifier” and “Finisher”). But this week I want to talk about what should be a very simple task; checking in for an airline flight.
I fly less than some and more than others. Enough to know that it’s not at all glamorous. During a recent trip to visit my parents I encountered a few Tech Frustrations.
Between enduring travel experiences, I had a great time with my parents. Except for a fleeting moment in a restaurant when a waiter assumed I was my dad’s … wife! Next week I’ll be reporting on Tech Frustrations associated with Botox injections and other anti-aging procedures ;)
What technology do you use to ease the travel process?
It seems to me that most people can be classified as either a “Starter” or a “Finisher”. By this I mean that people tend to either be more comfortable starting new things or finishing them. Or maybe it’s just that I am a Finisher married to a Starter.
I like to finish things! Most nights I stay up late trying to finish something, while my husband often wakes up early to start something. If you ask me, he may start a few too many things; more than he can finish. And if you ask him, he’d probably say that I am reluctant to start things or don’t know when to “let it go”. He’s probably right. But I say, why start something new when there are so many things left to finish? The good news is that we balance each other out.
In addition to being a Finisher, I’m literally one of the most directionally challenged people I know. (And I don’t mean that "new" definition of literally, which means figuratively. That’s literally the craziest thing I’ve ever heard ;) Most who know me compensate for my navigational shortcomings which only means that my ability to find my way around keeps getting worse and worse. To keep things interesting, I have a false sense of confidence regarding my sense of direction. It's really weird. Thank goodness for GPS technology.
My biggest gripe about my GPS was, until recently, the fact that it was so slow. So, so slow. My family helped me realize that the GPS was slow because my phone was old. So I took the bold move to buy a new smart phone; a big step for a Finisher because it still worked. To provide a perspective on the slowness of my GPS, I found the AT&T store by driving around town. The GPS didn’t locate the store until I was pulling into a parking space. So I guess I really was ready for a new phone.
I bought a Samsung Galaxy on Amazon and have been getting it all set up. I like it, and boy is it fast. The functionality that was on my old phone is now on the new phone, and I even added a few new things. Maybe you’ll find some of them interesting, and maybe some of them will help you avoid some Tech Frustrations.
That’s what I’ve finished this week. (And in the meantime, my husband has started about eight new projects ;)