Posts Tagged 'getting things done'

Digital New You #DNY- Start today. Start Again Tomorrow- a Lesson in Persistence

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“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them. Everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, work around it or go through it”. -Michael Jordan

I’m almost compelled to not write anymore because that sums it up so nicely. I said almost 😉

It never fails…you’re on a great roll, getting big things done and BOOM. You run into a wall. It’s not the size of the wall that matters, it’s the size of your determination to get past it that does.  But how do YOU get past it?

Your options are several:

You can keep working on the problem. This is good for the dogged determined but Einstein said it best: “we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them”. You need to get away from the issue for a bit so you can come back in a different state of mind. Here are some ideas that work for others:

  • Take a walk
  • Talk to your mentor or other respected colleague
  • Browse Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter
  • Go outside
  • Grab a drink…could be soda, coffee, beer or whatever
  • Take some real time and hang out with some friends
  • Play a game (I’m still a little too fond of “words with friends”)
  • Smoke a bowl (tons of problems have been solved this way at least temporarily)

Here’s the deal: it doesn’t matter how much time you take, your “wall” will still be there. I promise. It will wait for you. Deadlines come and go. Solving the challenge correctly is far more important than solving it based on a date on the calendar.

The key is to keep going after it. Don’t let this wall, or the next one, or the one after that stop you. IF you’re truly determined to make something happen, you can’t let them stop you…only detain you for a bit. And that’s okay. Because you can always start again tomorrow.

What’s your “unstuck” plan?

Do you go over the wall, through the wall or around the wall?

Are you stuck on a challenge right now? Maybe talking to someone can help you through it? If so, call me. 

 

Digital New You #dny- It starts with an idea. pt 1 of (at least) 2

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As you can see, ideas are really only half of the challenge for the new start-up (or any venture really). There will be plenty of blog time spent on execution. This piece will focus on the idea. After all, it is the beginning. There’s even less sense in executing without an idea then there is in having an idea that isn’t executed.

Eureka!!! 

You’ve had an idea. Not just any idea, but a really, really good one. It begins.

Funny thing about ideas, you can’t tell it to too many people for fear they may run out and execute on it before you do.

You also can’t work on your idea in a vacuum for fear that your idea has already been implemented and you didn’t do enough “research” to figure it out. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s just talk about the idea…

  • Does the thought of bringing this idea to life make you absolutely giddy?

Here’s the deal, if this idea isn’t something that stokes the fire in your belly, there is little chance you will take it to fruition. Turning an idea into something that impacts others takes work. A LOT OF WORK. Believe me when I tell you there is no sense in working that hard on something that doesn’t totally turn you on.

  • Is this something that you truly believe will improve your corner of the Earth?

It doesn’t have to be just your corner. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be any corner. The question is…will others find value in it? The answer can be yes or no. Just realize that if the answer is “No” you don’t have a business, you just found yourself a new hobby.

  • Can you make a living doing this?

I think the last line above answers that for you. Not all ideas are going to turn into businesses. That’s okay. You’ll have more. And each wrong one you have brings you closer to that right one.

  • What makes this idea better than others you’ve had in the past?

Maybe this is your first. Let’s assume that’s not the case. Why is this the ONE you’re going to run with? Perhaps it scores really high on the questions above? Is there something more? Is it an improvement on a previous idea you’ve fancied? Is it the result of a conversation where you found a real need in society? Whatever the case your idea needs to absolutely stand out to you before anyone will buy in.

  • Which scares you more: The thought of executing on the idea or the thought of not doing so?

Two of the best pieces of advice that I offer to those seekers I meet is: Feel the fear and do it anyway and don’t worry about the how’s. Fear’s primary job is to hold you back, no doubt. If your belief in what you’re doing is strong enough, fear can’t stop you. As far as the How’s go, you really don’t have to know how it’s going to happen. I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are but I can assure you that The Great Spirit, G-d, Your larger self, The Universe, or whatever will make sure that the path illuminates for you as needed. You just have to trust that to be the case. 

Of course this list of questions isn’t exhaustive. They’re just the beginning but they do get to the heart of the matter.

If you answered those questions and feel really good about your idea find someone to share it with. The truth is many of the people who you share your thoughts with have neither the passion, the resources nor the vision you will for it. Therefore your concern about them executing it should be mitigated. That doesn’t mean you should post it willy nilly on social media. Be smart. 

If you want to talk about it with someone, I’m a big fan of ideas and helping people get them moving in the right direction.

The next post (on ideas) will focus on all of the other ideas you are going to have that may keep you from this one. It’s so much fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

Digital New You- There’s already too much to do later aka I put the pro in procrastinate

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I’ll be honest, I knew I was going to write this piece on procrastination and had to find a picture for it. When I found the photo it opened up to a blog instead of allowing me to right click so I went to the site. It was on a blog entitled “5 ways to kill procrastination”. Of course I read it. (For some reason I can’t embed the link so here it is: http://thepinstripedsuit.com/5-ways-to-kill-procrastination/) The irony of putting off my own blog to read theirs didn’t escape me.

But figuring out how to not procrastinate wasn’t the central theme of this post. It was more of a bonus. What I want you to know is that you’re going to procrastinate. A lot.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the programmer whose most time-consuming task of the day is actually opening Visual Studio, the writer who continually stares at a blank page waiting for the good idea or the sales person constantly shuffling their business cards instead of making the calls. We all do it! The key is what you learn from it.

HA HA

So I just spent the last 10 hours NOT writing this blog. Another fine example.

What’s interesting to me about procrastination is how useful it can be at times. It allows you to look at issues from other sides. Therefore it can help you solve a problem in a different way.

While I do believe the strategies on “killing” procrastination will be effective for most of you, I don’t think you should rule out ALL procrastination. In fact, I think figuring out ways to embrace it are important.

The one thing I do to lessen the procrastination is trying to actually be accountable for doing less. Especially doing the things I really like doing. Let’s face it, the more you’re into the task, the easier it can be to get started. And like they say; “Well begun is half done”.

What do you procrastinate most about?

How do you break the cycle?

What’s your best tip to avoid procrastination?

Do you have a business idea inside of you that you’d like to get out? Call me, we may be able to work together on moving it forward.

Let me guess, you’re going to put off commenting on this piece 😉

How Herman Miller Office Furniture can help your Detroit employees be more productive

Productivity and getting more done with less people is paramount these days. Let’s face it, Detroit, and the rest of the country went through an economic Tsunami. While I am inclined to argue that it has fully passed, we can all agree that there are lingering effects.

Take employment for instance. Many companies have less people in 2013 than they did in 2008. It’s easy math. If your revenues go down to the lowest levels in your history, your ability to finance a large staff goes down too. As such, layoffs were rampant. Most businesses have a positive (or at least neutral) outlook for hiring in 2013, but that doesn’t mean that they will be staffed up to previous levels.

The main result of this is businesses need to get more work out of their existing staff.

Studies have shown time and time again that the less comfortable an employee is at their desk, the less time they will spend there. This has a compounding effect. When employees leave their desk, where do they end up going? Often times it’s to a place where other employees are. This brings up a bit of a problem. Now you not only have the “uncomfortable” employee not working, they have engaged other employees in this behavior.

If your employee spends an average of five minutes an hour away from their desk, that’s 40 minutes per eight hour shift. That’s over three hours per week. Multiply that times 50 weeks (you still give employees two weeks off, right?) and that’s 150 hours per year.  If the average employee works 2080 hours a year (pretty standard) your company is losing 13% of their available work time. That’s pretty significant.

Let’s look at it with real dollars tied to it. You pay this person $50,000 a year. That translates into $24 an hour (plus a little change). When you multiple that times 2080 (number of hours worked per year) the result is $3600. Are you comfortable paying your employees $3600 over the course of the year for work they’re not doing? What happens when you multiply that times the number of employees. A company with 15 people could be throwing an extra $54,000 out the window. That’s the salary of another whole employee.

Companies who provide their employees comfortable environments get better results. Their people stay at their desk longer and often times get more work done. For the cost of what you’re losing in productivity, you could purchase a new set of Herman Miller Embody chairs

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for everyone and have enough to make additional updates to your office furniture. This simple action will limit the amount of time your employees spend away from their desk and therefore increase productivity.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can increase the productivity of your team, contact your Detroit area Herman Miller Dealer, Facility Matrix Group.