TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

What do you do when you’re out of your comfort zone?

I can muddle through various challenges to my mind, my thinking, my desires, my wants, my physical abilities, my health scares, and even family fears…but I was totally out of my element when…

I bought a new computer.

Mine was fifteen years old. Too old and too slow.

But change is difficult.

The new one came with Windows 10. I had been using 7. It had a new way to start up, a new look to the desktop screen, a lot of new things I had to get used to. And this old bird didn’t like the new bird food. But the computer came to roost, and with it a shock to my system.

Why can’t I open this program like I used to? Where the heck is this…or that? I thought I lost all my Contacts in email, but eventually found them. Hooray for small advances!

It also came with some new shortcuts that made life easier. A super-fast processor that had me printing in lightning speed, connecting to the internet in a flash, and multi-tasking with ease.

Gosh. Who knew getting a new computer would put me so far out of my comfort zone? But now, a couple of weeks later, I’m glad I did it. It kind of reminds me of branching out to new markets for my writing, or sending a query to an agent, or self-publishing a new book. It’s scary at first, and then you get used to the scared and turn it into excited.

What’s outside your comfort zone? And how did it turn out for you?

Follow your dreams,
B.J.& Charlie Bear


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4 thoughts on “What do you do when…

  • July 23, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I feel your pain, BJ. Still getting used to my new laptop I bought last summer! Let’s see… what puts me out of my comfort zone? Cutting back on sugar, so those sore, stiff muscles of mine will heal quicker; having to listen when I want to talk (I have so much to say, and it’s all so important!!!); and not being able to hug people, or see them smile with their teeth. These are a few of my un-favorite things…

    Love your posts! Love you!

    • July 27, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Oh Jen, I’m right there with you on the not being able to hug or to see people smile. Arms are what I crave. Ear-to-ear laughter is what I desire. Closeness is what I’m hoping returns soon.
      Love you too!
      Elbow bumps for now,

  • July 21, 2020 at 1:27 am

    I had to laugh when I read your post. My computer is thirteen years old…yikes! I know it is time to upgrade, but I’m not sure what I should purchase. Yes, stepping out of our comfort zone can be very scary but once we do, there is this incredible feeling of confidence. Congratulations on your new purchase. Maybe you will share with me what kind of computer you purchased!!

    • July 21, 2020 at 1:57 am

      Hey Cathy,
      Thanks for the comment. I spoke to my grown son and told him what I currently had and asked for his advice. He said this, “Mom, anything new that you buy will come with way more of what you need (storage capacity, processor for speed, etc.). Don’t go super cheap and no need to go high end. Middle of the road is good.” So I took his advice. If you have a favorite brand (Dell, HP, whatever) stick with that for a laptop and be sure it will do what you want it to do. Best wishes, Cathy!


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