It is possible to change! There … I said it!
Old way are old for a reason: they are old. Don’t get me wrong. Some of them are good, but why do you think not many CEOs or professional sports coaches stay in their jobs longer than a decade?
Old ways and old tactics get worn out with the same people year after year. And the reason is simple: Their tactics get old. After their departure, some of them change and some of them take their old ways to a new building. But that is not what I’m writing about today.
I’m talking about you! What can you change from your old ways to make your day-to-day life better and more efficient? I do a personal review each and every quarter (and my next one is this Saturday). I do that so I can get a sense for where I am, where I’m going and where I want to go. Through this personal reflection and analysis, I am able to find ways to improve.
The biggest thing I recently changed has been my note taking. For as long as I can remember, I was either hand-writing notes into my black hard-cover notebook or typing them into Word/Text files that I would try and file as needed. For all my book notes dating back to 2009, I was printing them.
Over the past six months, I have embraced Evernote. In fact, with my new Mac, I now use the Evernote App which has streamlined a lot of my note-taking process. In addition, I am able to now search everything! The old way was bad and this way is not perfect, but it is better.
That’s what ditching old ways is about. It is about making life better. It is about making life easier.