Taking the Plunge

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been indulging in the useless inactivity of extreme procrastination. I know I have a tendency to avoid using new technology until I simply can’t put it off any later – I suspect it has something to do with my not-so-secret fear that I will singlehandedly destroy the tech world as we know it by inadvertently hitting the wrong key at the wrong time. And yes, logically I know that is simply impossible…. Well, at least extremely unlikely (at least I hope so!)

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this is to try and justify why I’ve been two-timing my new netbook for the past two months. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds, I promise.

In March I blogged about my imminent shift from my trusty old Windows 7 netbook with the JAWS screen reader to a brand new netbook with Windows 10 and a new screen reader, NVDA Reader.

The truth is that the new computer has been sitting there gathering dust since I wrote that, despite my public statement to the contrary.

Anyway, last week I finally realized that if I didn’t just set up the new computer and start using it that I was just never going to do so.
So I did just that.

And now I’m slowly working my way through the challenge of the new double learning curve.
I get terribly frustrated every now and then when I can’t get something to work, but thankfully I have a number of friends who are able to help, both blind and sighted. And that’s made all the difference.
And I’m doing okay… so far!

But if you notice something odd in one of the posts over the next few weeks, or in an e-mail I send you, it’s probably just Windows 10/NVDA teething problems!

Getting There… Step By Step

When I started writing my book explaining how I accomplish everyday tasks, it seemed that the first step – the initial creation of the text – happened very quickly. From there everything seems to be taking a whole lot longer and there are times that I wonder if it is all worth it.

I know I suffer from chronic procrastination and that it has had an impact on my progress, but I also feel that the initial act of creation was fairly easy – all I had to do was sit down and write. Now, as I review and incorporate input from my first readers, add new chapters to fill gaps in my initial text, and move certain parts of the book around into additional chapters, I observe that it is taking me a lot of mental energy… and a whole lot of time. On the other hand, I know that my final book will be a lot better than it would have been had I simply taken the easy route and just published what I originally wrote.

So, I reassure myself with the knowledge that, though it may seem like I am not making progress, I am still moving forward… step by step. And I will get there eventually!

Sometimes we may feel like we are not making progress, or that a task is simply too much effort for us to continue. But I’m pretty sure that if you take a step back and look at that seemingly never-ending task, that you may not be able to see how much you have progressed, or how much what you are currently doing (no matter how slowly), is benefitting your project.

After all, don’t they say that slow and steady wins the race?

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