All of us have certain things we'd like to change about our coworkers or ourselves. I have worked with some people in the past who would never admit a mistake or that they were wrong, it was always someone elses fault. I don't have that particular flaw since it is easy for me to admit my too frequent mistakes, but I have other problems that keep me from being as effective in my work as I could be.
In my particular case one problem I hate about myself is procrastination. I've improved in this area over the years by breaking large, daunting projects into smaller more manageable pieces. I've also learned (but have to keep reminding myself) that usually once I start on something it is not as bad as I thought it would be.
I recently ran across an article from the Harvard Business Review that described other problems that can reduce our effectiveness in the workplace It pointed out that a lot of people keep making the same mistakes over and over. They also sometimes do something right and then fail to do it the same way the next time a similar situation comes up. So how can you stop repeating mistakes and instead repeat sucesses? The posting came up with a very simple and quick solution. Spend five minutes at the end of the day and ask yourself three simple sets of questions.
- How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
- What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do differently or the same tomorrow?
- Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?
I'm planning on adding a fourth set of questions custom designed for me personally. Did I procrastinate on anything today? If so, why?
I'm sure you can come up with some for some area you would like to improve, unless of course you're one of those people who is never wrong. One last point, if you have time look at some of the other past postings on the right side of the Web page. I skimmed a few of them and they had a lot of great information.