Change Is Good (Practice)

In the blog Business Evolutionist, Jon Strande wrote recently about the possible benefits of changing your work habits. Starting with the premise that "it takes the average person more than 15 days to adapt to a change as simple as moving a garbage can from the right side of their desk to the left side," he cites a book that considers the changes in brain structure that can be brought on by learning how to play the piano.

But his questions are even more interesting — and useful. He asks: How often do you change your routine? How often do you take a different route to work? Read a book outside of your domain of expertise? How do you maintain your "evolvability"? Individually or Organizationally?

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  • fouroboros

    Couldn't agree more, Jon.

    AC, the answers are fundamental. And outlook, not energy is the key. This is not new news....

    Hamlet, CEO: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

    The squishier among us might say "Follow your bliss." The more ambitious cowboys I hang out with say: "Change? It's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission."

    Make your own 5-point plan and do it. Does wonders for the ego and the resume, and your energy level too.

    heath - any chance of getting your spam script to fix the * thing?

  • Jon Strande

    AC - why are you overworked? What do you do? I'm not sure that it takes energy to change our habits. Breaking out of a routine can start with something as simple as moving your desk, parking someplace different, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, invite a co-worker out to lunch in a domain that you're unfamiliar with, etc. Lots of little changes can add up to big change when you get in the habit of altering your routine.

    Now, the reason that I ask why you're overworked, and this is somewhat of an academic view, is that often times the routine we follow is more like a prison - we assume we have to follow a certain schedule or do certain things... because that is the way it has always been done.

    If you find yourself preparing endless spreadsheets, reports, going to meetings... I think you can change all that. I think you can overcome this inertia by questioning all the work that you do and conclude whether or not the work really has meaning. If it has to be done, and not just because the "boss" expects your 4th quarter sales numbers by Close of Business Friday... then it becomes a lot easier to think about AND CHANGE the work you do.

  • AC

    One needs energy to overcome the inertia to accomplish a change. Most of us are too overworked these days to have this sort of energy. Unless, of course, there is a stimulation of some sort...