A helping hand can come from anywhere, anytime so be ready to accept it.
Acquire new tools and processes to help you
Identify the tools, systems and processes you need to help you move forward. Redesign systems and processes to eliminate the problems and frustrations you are experiencing.
It’s best to work with the people who are directly involved and seek external advice when you are unsure. Their ideas and suggestions may reveal new approaches, and your employees and contractors are more likely to buy into changes if they have been involved.
You probably use a number of different processes every day. You may be going through the same steps each time you resolve a customer complaint, contact a new customer, manufacture a new product, or induct a new employee. But are they the best processes to continually improve your business operations?
You’ve likely experienced the increased costs dysfunctional processes can create and it is those costs that make it worthwhile changing your current situation. Costs and unhappy customers and employees are the main reasons why it’s so important to improve systems and processes and change tools when they are not working well.
These different kinds of systems and processes have one thing in common. They are all designed to streamline the way that you and your team work. When everyone follows a well-tested process, there are fewer errors and delays, less duplicated of effort, and employees and customers feel happy and fulfilled.
“We must become the change we want to see”. Mahatma Gandhi
Who will you get to help you?
Making changes, planning and starting something new can be too hard doing it by yourself. Decide on what exactly you need help with.
If you need help to resolve your problems and frustrations? The sooner you find and engage someone to help you the better. The sooner you get them to help you the less the cost in time, money and emotions.
There are practical steps you can take to solve difficult issues:
- Make the workplace conversations more open, easier and therefore more
- Take time to talk to the people who can help you without interruptions.
- Be prepared for meetings with those you engage.
- Know the issues you want to resolve.
- Listen, keep an open mind and consider all points of view.
- Learn new strategies and tips for solving your problems and frustrations.
- Look for ways to excite those you engage to help you.
Make learning a priority
The new world of work requires us to learn and unlearn. Learn everything you can about what you want to do. Set out a list of topics you want to learn about in your journal. For the sake of your business, family, employees and friends, you must make learning a priority.
A university degree once provided enough basic training to last a lifetime. Yet today, the skills graduates acquire have a limited shelf life The lessons learned become outdated long before student loans are paid off.
Today, we all must constantly hone and enhance our skills and acquire new knowledge just to remain relevant. The need to constantly adapt is a new reality and while technology is critically important in most fields, learning must go well beyond the technology.
Create a system for reading, sharing, and engaging new information and new knowledge in your field. When you start to expose yourself to new information, there is no need to subscribe to every blog, website, magazine and go to every seminar and conference in your field.
Carefully select what you really need and where you will obtain what you require. Additionally, you could share your concerns with people in your network and create new conversations around what you want to learn.
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Stop procrastination before it stops you. Procrastination can cost you everything, it is a death by instalment plan. If you are worried about it seek a helping hand.
The reason why most people fail to get a start-up or project off the ground is they wait. They wait for conditions to be perfect and of course, they never are. When you procrastinate you could easily end up living a life of scarcity and dreading the coming of every new day.
Take whatever time is necessary to address your procrastination problems and frustrations before they impact your progress. Procrastination is a killer of progress so start by understanding your self-talk.
There are many causes of procrastination other than severe health or business problems. It is not always your fault, so do not be too hard on yourself. Procrastination refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent or doing something from which you derive enjoyment and thus putting off important tasks.
Parkinson’s Law states that “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”