Facing Obsolescence

It all began because there was fluff covering the vents on my desktop computer.  Did I know that a buildup of dust can overheat a computer?  Of course, but the thought of disconnecting the rat’s nest of wires connecting it to the overabundance of peripheral hardware added to my procrastination.

It reached the point where I had no choice, the vents looked like they had grown beards!  I disconnected the wires wondering if I would ever be able to get them back in the right spots, and took the computer to my shop.  Removing the side of the case I was not surprised that I could not see light through the vents and wondered how the blades on the two fans had managed to turn, given the hitchhiking load of dust.

The air compressor made short work of the dust although I needed a Reactine to breathe afterwards!  Case back together, I returned to the den and realized the computer was really in the wrong spot.  The vent from the case had been against a wall, not breathing well at all, so now was the time to change it.  This would require sorting the rats nest!

As I was untangling the wires, I thought, I don’t use that printer anymore, I have a new improved wireless one!  Good time to take it off the shelf.  Less wires to connect too!  I won’t get rid of it though.  I know, I’ll put it in the attic.  Never know when I might need a spare.

Oh wait, there’s the old flatbed scanner!  When was the last time I used it?  Must have been a while because there is a pile of 2015 magazines on it.  I’ll put that in the attic too. Still works, never know when it might be needed.

Then there is the old stereo.  It was connected to the internet box which controls the TV so that I could watch TV over the monitor and have sound.  Since that was a year ago and I have never done it, I could probably make better use of it in my shop.  Now I have a whole shelf free!

It is all together, and yes, I did manage to connect everything right with the exception of the keyboard.  I don’t think I am alone in this scenario.  Technology advances and sooner or later this won’t work with that but we advance and somehow hang onto the obsolete because it doesn’t seem right to dispose of it.

This same thing occurs in business, we find that things change, there are advances and updates, not only in technology, but in markets, demographics, and competition.  We need to be vigilant and keep on top of the changes making sure that we are not procrastinating but embracing what needs to be done.  Yes, there is a rat’s nest of things to address, some not enjoyable, but unless we do we will lose out on market share.

While at home we have the luxury of putting things off, business is different.  We must be ahead of the curve and be proactive, not reactive.  Also, don’t put the old stuff in the attic.  Get rid of it as it really won’t be used again!

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About laurencerumming

Background in business management, in particular human resources. Business Management Certificate, Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, and Strong Interest Inventory®. "Our passion is to raise the potential of organizations and individuals through the understanding of human interaction in the workplace and in life."
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