Today I want to follow on from yesterdays post about making things happen by sharing a tip about how you can learn new skills and new systems in the workplace.
Often, when faced with something new, you need to give yourself the time to make sense of it. There will be times when you’re presented with a new tool or system to use. And you won’t get it right away. If you’re not using a GTD system, or not across all the things you need to be, chances are a new system introduced will increase your anxiety and stress because you don’t understand it. And, importantly, you don’t see how you can make the time to understand it.
Even if the system would provide you a logical benefit, your current state of mind prevents you from seeing that because you’re it’s completely consumed processing all the things you need it to remember. This makes me sad for my fellow knowledge worker.
So if you’re in that position at the moment and there’s a new system being presented for your use do me a favor. Book yourself some time in your calendar, take yourself off to a small room where you won’t get distracted by Business As Usual, and give yourself the time you need to make sense of it. If you still don’t get it or like it – fair enough. But without it, you might not know what you’re missing.