It is 11:50pm, I should be in bed but I’m sitting on Facebook scrolling through my newsfeed reading a few comments here and there. I looked at the clock again. 11:55pm. Why am I not in bed? What is so important about the posts on Facebook that I need to read them right now? or ever? It hit me, there is nothing important about them at all. I closed Facebook and went to bed. It has been about 5 days and I haven’t been on Facebook. What? That’s Crazy. Why would I or any one do something like that?
Doubt is a nasty, idea destroying emotion. It will do nothing but hurt your idea/business. When you let doubt take over you are accepting that your idea can fail. Instead of taking the road that lets you believe in your idea, doubt takes you down a road that will find every flaw in your idea. It will then exploit those flaws, even to the point where you will give up on your dream. Doubt is a natural emotion that you will have, so how do you overcome it?
It only takes an extra minute to do it right or fix a problem but it will take a lot longer to fix it if you let it go. That goes for the simplest of tasks. They can easily pile up. But what can you do to combat this?
Lead, follow or get out of the way. Failing to know which to do is probably one of the most annoying and frustrating things I have to deal with on a constant basis. It is usually one person on the project that is suppose to lead, follow or get out of the way that fails to do so and the whole project gets FUBARed. It is mainly due to them not understanding their role or accepting their role on the project.
A while ago I was meeting with Janet, an employee of a client. We were to go over some final details for their website. Janet had been appointed by the owner as my main and only contact. She knew the business inside and out and would be able to get me the information I needed to do my job except for one area. That is where Brad came in. The whole time I had been working with Janet, Brad was there, waiting to push her out of the way. He couldn’t accept that for this project his role was to follow Janet’s lead and give information about his area in the company. At every turn I would get “his version” of information for the website. It was very frustrating to not only me but to Janet too. If she didn’t give him the time of day to say his input he would run to the owner. Wasting everyone’s time.
Many staff members would describe their work as stressful. Stressful staff members cause employers billions of dollars every year in absenteeism, high turn-overs, insurance costs, and lower production levels.
If you have noticed your staff feeling gloomy lately, don’t wait until it’s too late, take action now. Here are a few items that cause your staff stress and ways to help counteract it.
- Curb the constant interruptions
- Abolish uncertanty
- Pave the way for clear direction
- Keep your staff informed
When we have a goal in mind; know what we want the outcome to be; have broken the project down to its many tasks; we are ready to finish with flair. . . or are we? Even the best project, best plan can get slowed by life. Time management often means staying motivated beyond knowing what the end will look like. To finish with flair, try these tips:
- Get Moving
- Know Your Personal Clock
- Start with Something Fun
- Rename the Uglies
- Slow Down
- Find Healthy Distractions
Work your fingers to the bone and what do you get? Boney Fingers. Getting a goal done on time sometimes means taking time to slow down and do it right. Keeping your perspective will serve you and your plan well.
Let us know what you do to finish with flair?
Sometimes we want to do a big project but we don’t have the time or at least don’t think we have the time. Instead of trying to tackle a big project all at once break it down into small easy to do steps. Now that four hour project becomes twelve twenty minute projects that can be spread out over two weeks. The project became a lot more manageable. But there is a little bit more to it.
Do you ever feel conflicted when you’ve made a business decision? Do you struggle when an employee complains about something? Are customer complaints hard to hear? When the phone rings, do you sometimes want to just hide even before you hear the call?
You are not alone and most business decisions that have a good outcome are made from the 3 Hearts.
- Heart – that sentimental place we believe kindness, empathy and love exist.
- Mind – the rational heart, the logic driven brain that weighs the options;
- Gut – your instinct or intuition.
Pausing for a moment and thinking “Heart-Mind-Gut” may get you on the path to fewer “If only I’d. . . “
Let us know what do you do to help make thoughtful decisions?
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