Change is happening on a regular basis. Keeping up with changes is just the beginning. The best way I know how to keep up with change is identify some areas of change to follow, and try to learn something new everyday about that particular change.
Here are some areas I focus on:
Improving Internal Processes
The hardest part of this process is identifying processes that need to be updated and improved and determining how to best approach these type of projects. Once these processes are identified, then proper project plans can be made to manage resources, tasks and completion dates.
At some point, some company will produce a better phone than the current Samsung or Apple Smartphone. It is always a good idea to read reviews of new technology rollouts to see what benefits are gained from the new technology. In addition, it always a good idea to wait a bit on major system updates till issues are identified and resolved in future updates.
Also, I am watching out for new tablet technologies. Just this week, I learned about a company that will be releasing its own tablet that offers two usb drives, expandable memory and a retina camera similar to the Apple iPad at a starting price of $399. I believe other companies will also be in line with new features as well.
I try, with the emphasis on “try” to keep updated on the latest changes with Google. Search marketing continues to evolve and change, as a result it is imperative to read and test different scenarios to determine what works and what doesn’t work.
Read articles that help you stand out on social media. For me, it is about building a presence online and it is critical to always find ways to stand out from the crowd. Be different and get noticed more.
Here, it is about writing quality content on a consistent basis. Right now there is an overabundance of content online. The task here is to produce content that people value and act upon. Give people content above and beyond the general terms. Highlight experiences and specific examples.
Some Other Ideas to Consider
Write more – Keep a journal of ideas, daily task lists, take notes at meetings, keep track of project updates
Collaborate with others – Have team meetings and focus on a particular topic or idea. Write, draw, record – Give people different ways to get their message across to the group. Don’t try to solve problems initially, just brainstorm and write down potential ideas.
Add a white board in your office – Drawing and having it in a place where you always see your words and diagrams will help reinforce concepts and priorities.
Keep your free magazine subscriptions – It is much less time consuming to skim through pages in a magazine then to read it online on a tablet or computer.
Schedule a visit with a company outside your industry – It will help you see things in a new light and will keep your mind fresh with new ideas.
Schedule time to disconnect from your smartphone – Do you look at your smartphone at least once an hour. Put your phone on a charger/speaker system. This way, you will be less tempted to touch it for a given period of time.
Create a 2014 Folder and print off cool articles regarding a topic of change you are following – This way, you can always go to one folder to look at different changes that are occurring in the current year.
Take charge and find ways to keep up with changes. Focus on those topics of interest and become more and more familiar with the way those topics are changing. Have some fun through this process and consider yourself a student of change!
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