What Do Technology Consultants Do on Their Days Off?

Robert EastmanBy Robert Eastman

It is not easy being a professional technology consultant.   The world is perpetually changing and is becoming more digital every day.  The amount of technical resources available to keep a technology consultant informed each and every day (Sundays included) could fill up the Library of Congress in two days.  Most of the technology built into Air Force One can be replaced by three new apps available on the upcoming iPhone 6…Not really, but you get the idea.

In a nut shell, what is bleeding edge today is cutting edge tomorrow and is available on the discount rack next week. Advising a client on a building-level design solution takes special expertise, an up-to-the minute understanding of existing technology and an eye towards what the future holds. By the time a solution is coordinated, installed, and deployed, it must still be current and capable of adapting to future needs.

This can be nerve-wracking work, but I’m proud to say that I, and my colleagues, can and do get the job done.

So what do technology consultants do on their days off when not working on our Sisyphean task of keeping up on our technical resources?  Here is my Top Ten.

  1. We mow our lawn and clean our gutters.
  2. We update our master list of acronyms. Note that we add to the list, but we never delete anything.
  3. We recycle our stacks of reference materials and magazines as since they are all now downloadable to our iPads.
  4. We reorganize our living room furniture to allow us to fit a 60-inch TV in space of a 55-inch TV.
  5. We cable our house so that everything we own can be connected and controlled wirelessly.
  6. We update our digital toys software and apps…again.
  7. We update our forgotten login passwords…again.
  8. We fix our brother-in-law’s seven year old computer and try to convince him to buy a new one.
  9. We help our mom program her VCR so she can watch her favorite shows when she returns from vacation.
  10. We research what new digital toys we want to buy in the upcoming fiscal year and plot a strategy to convince our spouses to let us buy and/or finance them.
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  1. Jeff Yirak
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    That list looks familiar. How can I tell if I too am a technology consultant? Is it contagious?

  2. morena
    Posted August 7, 2014 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Your list made me feel like my household is outdated! I am one of those.. in your list #8 and 9. I need to hire a Technology Consultant to fix me 🙂

  3. Posted April 17, 2017 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I really love your post. I read your blog pretty frequently and you’re
    always coming out with some amazing stuff. I discussed this on my FB and my followers only loved it.
    Keep up the great work!

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