The desktop computer that serves as the source for everything “On Pasture” is 12 years old and showing its age. It gives me the spinning beach ball of death dozens of times a day. Some of my old software doesn’t even work anymore because it isn’t compatible with system updates. When I have to restart it, I hold my breath a bit, because sometimes it doesn’t come back to life right away. With each little glitch I wonder, “Is this the day it dies?”
Fortunately, I have a new set up waiting in the wings. It’s a powerful laptop and a new display that will let me move with ease from working at my desk to hitting the road. And…it’s been waiting for me to start using it for a year and a half.
Yeah – The gal who constantly sends you ideas for new practices that will make your life better, your business more profitable, and your landscapes healthier, she can’t even switch from her dying computer to the new model that’s sitting in a box in her office. (Well to be fair, I’ve used the laptop a lot for business travel and presentations, but still…I haven’t set up the new system.)
But my failure to change seems like a good example of why change is hard for all of us.
Here’s why I haven’t changed. Can you relate?
1. I’m Too Busy
Like you, all my days are jam-packed. I’m searching for new information, writing and editing articles, creating new graphics, and responding to questions. If I’m traveling for work, I have to fill that week and the week after with articles, so there’s no time off. Meanwhile, I’m exploring new funding sources and putting information together for potential sponsors.
Whew! I feel like I just don’t have the time to make the change to the new system. It means a day, maybe two or more, to stop and transfer files, set up new backups, and…and… If you’ve worked much with computers, you know what I’m talking about!
2. Learning Something New is Hard
Because some of my old software won’t transfer to the new computer, I’m going to have to learn some new software. Though I believe life-long learning is a good thing, there are days when my head just feels too full to stuff another thing in there. And then there’s all the time involved, which sends me back to number 1 on my list.
And that leads to….
3. Better the devil you know…
Even though the old software is operating marginally, at least I know its quirks and how to manipulate my way around them. Yeah, it takes me extra time, but how much time will it take for me to figure out the new software? Which leads me back to number 1 in my list.
Still, I have to change if I’m going to keep going. My current set up just can’t last.
Nothing’s Going to Happen Unless I Get Help
So, that’s what I’ve done. And I highly recommend it!
In my case, I’ve got a tech guy living in my house – my husband! He’s done the prep work to make sure the laptop has everything I need on it to make the transition. There will still be new software to learn, but I’ve been fiddling with it a bit so it’s a little less scary. Plus he’s shown me how I can keep the old system up and running so if I’m having a hard time, I’ve got back up. Perhaps most importantly, he’s reminded me that he has my back if anything does come up, and that I’m not alone with the change.
Getting help can make all kinds of things possible. That’s why I’m constantly reminding you of resources that are available – generally for free! You can head over to your local Natural Resources Conservation Service or Conservation District office for help with conservation planning and technical assistance, or check in with an Extension Agent in your state. All of these folks can help you with another reason change doesn’t happen – MONEY. Ask them about financial assistance programs!
And remember, On Pasture is always here for you too. We’ve got really smart people writing for us, and a whole community of people who might have been in your shoes at some point.
We’ve got your back, and you’re not alone with your change!