When December rolls around it crosses everyone’s mind… New Year’s Resolutions. Some make them and stick to them, others make them and file them in a drawer never to be viewed again and some like me, I don’t make them at all. Why do we make New Year’s resolutions anyway? Or at the very least why do we talk about them?
It is an age old tradition, but the tradition is more than just a tradition, it is a recognized need for positive change in our lives to reach the goals we have told ourselves we would like to meet. When it all boils down to it though, how badly do we want the change? As I have become wiser with age, I determined new year’s resolutions, to be serious about them, can’t start January 1. The change needs to begin once I have acknowledged the need for change, (and that could be April 1), a plan needs to be made to meet the goal, and then I need an element of measurement to make sure I have adequately given it a go. In business as well as in my personal life this is a constant; always searching for improvement factors, always finding ways to reach my personal goals. So for the past few years, I have been in search of ways to streamline my life to where I can enjoy my career as well as interact, and enjoy my children and family. This is a hard balance in today’s times. However, I have determined what I need to meet this:
- Ways to work smarter instead of harder
- Acknowledge what is important and remind myself of the rule ‘will this matter 1 year from now’
- Trust more when delegating
- When a door closes… there is ALWAYS another way to meet the goal
- Remember that more is sometimes just more and not better
- And lastly DON’T let GOOD become the enemy of GREAT!
Note, this is a daily struggle. Streamlining in the workplace has become a paramount focus. I’m a little competitive when it comes to the workplace. This doesn’t necessarily mean against others, sometimes that competition is within myself – to see if I can outperform – me and with the added pressure I put on myself for work life balance, STREAMLINING processes and practices is key.
Luckily I have found a few solutions that save me time, energy, mental fatigue and streamline my collaboration efforts so I can get the job done in a stellar manner and still make it to dress, feed and load my kids in the car before their next game. FINALLY, a solution for obtaining WORK LIFE BALANCE!
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a learning curve. There is a curve, because these are game changing, paradigm shifting, new thought process moves that seem too simple, yet truly simplify my work life while outperforming myself. So let me introduce you to these game changing products from Litéra.
Litéra IDS® is a great collaboration tool. I can load one document in one location and invite others to view, edit and comment on the document. I can give them a deadline and the app will revoke their access on that date. If I make a mistake, it can revoke their access quickly. I can even set it to where they can view but not download the document. After they have commented I can see everyone’s comments and requested changes in ONE place. No more having to sift through multiple documents to see the changes made. HUGE TIME SAVER!
This leads me to Litéra’s Change-Pro®. Change-Pro® allows you to compare Word documents, PDFs, Excel Spreadsheets (including formulas), PowerPoints and graphics to see what changes were made, quickly in a single view. Why is this important? Let’s just say for example you have accidently made an alteration to a formula that changes a pricing structure. This could save you time, money and eliminate bad press.
And then there is the multi-taskers dream, Litéra Ekta®. Litéra Ekta allows you to see ALL of your documents, from multiple repositories in ONE location. I confess, I often forget where I have placed a document and then there is version control! Litéra Ekta allows me to see all of the versions and locations in one simple location.
These three apps have actually saved me as much as 4 hours in a single week. That is a measurable success! So when you are evaluating your New Year’s Resolutions, include your work life as well, streamline, get back time in your day so you can do more of the things that are important to you!
By: Dawn Hudgins, Director of Marketing