When you are in crisis you may have to pivot from one set of skills to another to get the job done. Learning a new piece of software may be just the skill you need to change course and adapt. Software can make you more efficient and can give you leverage.
It’s a smart idea to commit to learning some new piece of software once per year. It will expand your skills and make you more flexible when crisis hits.
Sometimes there’s a tendency to ignore apps if they have a price tag. We are so used FREE apps that we sometimes forget to check out what else is under the hood.
I am glad I did not pass up a particular piece of software that my brother recommended last year, it’s called Liquid Text. It has saved me a tremendous amount of time and made me much more productive.
The app costs around $10 or $15 and is only available on iPad. Check current price as sometimes they change depending on new version. Regardless it has been worth it.
It allows me to quickly and efficiently review and take notes on large pdf files. This helps me digest large legal files for my side consulting work. The side work has come in handy while we have been shut down from doing elective surgery in the crisis.
During the crisis I picked up ProCreate. It’s a drawing app on the iPad. I was able to use it to mock up a website very quickly for a product that my brother and I developed in the crisis. Two years, 2 pieces of software. I’m good for the year!
I’m not saying that either of these is right for you. What I am saying is that there are tons of apps and new software out there that may help you in your life in some way. Commit to learning at least a portion of one new piece of software per year. You will amplify your talents.