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Begin again. And again.

Date: 2009-09-30 12:16 Comments: 0 st

Have you, like I have, ever thought “I would really like to start working in that way, start doing like that, but I never seem to have time to begin; I have so much to do, all the time”?

It may be about being better prepared for meetings, or about using to-do-lists, or about taking notes swiftly about what you and your customer agreed on in a sales meeting, or something completely different.

The good thing is that you can always start right now. And, you do not make the complete change at once. The trick is to get the ball rolling and then you just have to kick it some more, and then the next kick is easier to accomplish and the next one even easier.

What do you never have time for?

What habit would you like to adopt, but never had the time to? Reflect on what would be the smallest possible step in that direction. If the habit is about using a to-do-list, decide to write down on a simple note only those tasks that you think of right at the moment. If it is about taking notes on meetings, lose the ambition to write a perfect report, but be content with, at your next meeting, only writing down what you agreed on, one sentence for each decision.

If the new habit helps you, you will continue. It is very possible and even likely that you peter out after a while and stop doing what you have decided to do. Then, it is easy to feel despair and think of that as an evidence of the impossibility to change your way of working, that you are to busy to work more effectively.

To begin is free

But, the good thing is also that you can begin again. And again. And again. If you fail, you can begin again. To begin is free.

… even in your organisation

This is all applicable for an organization. If you feel that you are stuck in putting out fires and managing the large, heavy projects, so that you do not have the energy nor the time to start what you know you should, make it simple. What is the smallest possible step in the right direction? Do not try to fit in a complete pile of tasks in a change project, but get the ball rolling by taking one, only one step in the right direction.

If you get stuck - begin again. And again. Before you know it, you have made progress. Soon enough the change has produced improved results and soon thereafter you have created the space you need to be able to focus more on the change in question. Then you have already made great progress compared to if you had waited until you had enough spare time.

What do you want to begin with?

So, what habit or new routine do you want to adopt? What is the smallest possible step in that direction? If the step takes less than two minutes, do it immediately - and you have already begun.

What is your tip?

What do you do to get going when you are stuck? E-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or post a comment below and share your experiences. I thrive on listening to other people’s experiences and to let them inspire me and people I meet in my everyday worklife.

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