Can We Fix It? Yes We Can!

The ability to fix things is an art form.  It may be apparent what the problem is, but the “how to” of actually fixing it takes on a life of its own.   What appears simple can end up taking a lot more effort, what appears complex can be over thought and often has a simple solution.   Not only does it take thought to determine how to fix things, it also takes the right tools and allotting time.  And of course, if you think it will be a quick fix, it may or may not work out.

Getting started is always the hardest part.  Sometimes if it requires learning something new or even purchasing supplies, it can be easy to say “I’ll get to it later, when I have time”.   Or it seems like it will take a long time to fix from the outset, so it gets put off because it seems like there isn’t enough time.  Then it depends on how you look at it- can you break it down, and be happy getting things done a bit at a time?  Or is it an all or nothing proposition?  Can you do it for a short period, get to a stopping point, and leave enough notes for when you go back?  It’s a very individual process.

So when it appears to be or already is daunting, how can we get started? Taking things apart and putting them back together may seem like an unattainable project.  Even breaking the task into chunks seems insurmountable.

Here’s a few things to think about that might help in getting started.   I like FlyLady’s approach to doing anything for 15 minutes at a time.   Her focus is on simplifying things around the house, but it can be applied to anything.  She also has a focus on setting a habit within 30 days.

So for 15 minutes, sit down with a piece of paper, or your mobile device, or anything you use to write and list all the things that you need to do to attack this.  For example, one item on the list could be to put everything you need together.  For example, find all the images that need to be scanned or described.  Or all the Word files for a course. See how much is there.   Then stop and breathe.  Even getting this far is hard.

Rick Godwin says “One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to GIVE UP, rather than what they have to GAIN.”  It’s in our nature to resist.

Once you know how much needs to be fixed, then it’s a matter of finding the tools and the resources to do the actual fixing.  And even if we don’t get it all done, we can start to form those new habits and practice new skills, and get ready for the next learning session.

Gather your files.  Gather your images.   Then gather your tools.  Open the Word File.  Check for Word file accessibility.   Click File>Info.  Click Check for Issues> Check Accessibility.  See what you need to fix.  Then set the timer for 15 minutes and see how far you can get.


If it’s Digital, is it Accessible? Part 2: Word Documents with Text and Graphics

No one is type-setting any longer, in this digital age of desktop publishing.   Things like a novel, or a literature book, or any type of written work that doesn’t need to be described using figures or illustrations, graphs or diagrams, or symbols are relatively easy to convert.   If you cannot find a book in electronic […]