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Archive for August, 2010

29
Aug

There’s More To It

To be successful requires a lot more than just getting organized.  Getting organized won’t in itself solve the bigger issue of having too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.  It will however help clear the mind so that you can make the right decisions about what needs to be done next.  And bigger yet, it ensures that things actually happen once you’ve decided to do them.

Many task sit, waiting on more data to make the next level of decision, or waiting on others to deliver their delegated pieces. As long as the action steps about getting that data and the “waiting on responses” are clarified, recorded, and tracked, you will be able to make the right choice about what to do next.

Being successful at whatever it is that you do requires a lot more than just getting organized. It’s also about paying attention to the part of yourself that has the wisdom to make the best choice. Sometimes that choice is not to take a physical action at all, but to simply wait and listen.

Have a positively productive week!

Taken from the GO System training course, written by Chris Crouch.

22
Aug

What’s the Next Step

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of gettig started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain

Sometimes, just getting started is the hardest part.  You might not know where to start or how much time the project is going to take so the unknown keeps you from starting.  Basically you procrastinate.  The next time you’re starring at a project and you don’t know where to begin, get out a piece of paper and write down every task that needs to be completed to finish the project.   Then look at the list of individual tasks and ask yourself “What’s the next step?”  When you finish a task, cross it off, and ask yourself the same question and keep going through this process until all the tasks have been completed and your project is finished.

Take one project you’ve been procrastinating on and ask yourself “what’s the next step?” and have a positively productive week!

Taken from the GO System training course, written by Chris Crouch.

15
Aug

Is it worth your time?

 Ask yourself these questions to see if it might be worth your time to become more organized.

  1. Do phone calls/emails go unanswered for more than 24 hours?
  2. Do you ever feel like you don’t know where to start working on a project?
  3. Do you have action items on your to-do list that have been there for more than a week?
  4. Do you easily get distracted by the clutter on your desk?
  5. If someone had to fill in for you, would they get frustrated because they couldn’t find what they needed?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, disorganization may be negatively affecting your job performance.

Start by opening your calendar and scheduling an hour every day this week to focus on organizing. Take one item from the list above that you answered “yes” to and tackle it.  The hours you spend organizing will not be wasted because your improved efficiency will quickly make up for the time spent. 

Make it a habit to plan today for tomorrow.  Before you leave work for the day, make sure you have a game plan for tomorrow so you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive at work.  

Good luck and have a positively productive day!

8
Aug

Keep It Simple!

What does the race to space in the 1950s and 1960s have in common with improving productivity in your department? In the early days of the U.S. space program, astronauts were apparently concerned because their pens would not write in the zero gravity environment of outer space. NASA, with its wealth of brainpower and resources, snapped into action and attacked the problem. Many staff hours and many dollars later the problem was solved…the first “zero-gravity pen” was developed. At the same time, the Russians, apparently unable to devote either the staff time or the budgets, also solved the problem…they gave their cosmonauts pencils.

This isn’t just a NASA or big-government problem. It happens every single day in all size companies and all size departments.  Employees spend hundreds of hours on low-value and low-impact projects, resulting in thousands of dollars of lost revenue.

This story has been repeated many times over the past 50 years.  So many times, in fact, that people believe it is true. It is not true. It is what is referred to as an urban myth. Of course, the message imbedded in the story is true. We often forget to look for simple solutions to our problems. And we often believe things are true that are not true.

Don’t overlook the obvious and keep it simple when coming up with solutions to your organizing problems!

Taken from the GO System training course, written by Chris Crouch.

1
Aug

Disrupting Current Beliefs

Why is it so difficult to form a new habit? No lasting change in behavior occurs unless you disrupt some of your current beliefs. Think about that!

No, don’t just read on yet…think about how hard it is to disrupt any of your current beliefs. People can be pretty stubborn about their beliefs. Belief implies acceptance. Therefore, if you decide to change anything about your behavior, and you are starting from a position of strong acceptance of the belief that drives the behavior, you must un-accept what you currently believe before you can even get started.

Why in the world would anyone bother to deem something they currently believe unacceptable? Two big reasons: frustration and failure.

Frustration and failure can be used as “candidates-for-beliefs-that-might-need-to-be-disrupted” tracking devices. When you sense frustration or fail at something….STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT CAREFULLY! Try to pinpoint the belief that supported your decision to do whatever you did that derailed your positive feelings and/or success. If you can pinpoint the culprit…disrupt the belief and replace it with a new and improved belief.

Good luck and don’t be afraid to admit there may be a few things you need to change!

Written by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System training course.