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3 Reasons You Should Embrace Change

Change really is as good as a holiday. Often we get too caught up living the same day over and over again we forget to embrace change and the new opportunities it brings.

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People often react to change in a negative manner – but what if we took the opportunity to embrace change instead? To step outside of our comfort zone of what we “know” and allow ourselves to be exposed to something new with an open mind and no negative energy?

Change can be a powerful and eye-opening experience and often key moments in the lives of some of the great leaders of our time were brought about by a change in circumstance outside of their control. Instead of allowing the change to stifle them, many used the change as a motivating factor to overcome new and unexplored challenges and became changed for the better themselves.

Why don’t we do the same? Here are three reasons you should embrace change:

1Change allows you to grow and learn

Life often happens to us. We don’t often take the time to break routine and expose ourselves to something new. And then when life throws a change at us – we recoil.

Related: Managing Resistance To Change: An Essential Management And Leadership Skill

Next time let’s embrace that change by allowing ourselves to grow and learn:

  • Getting exposure to different industries or experience allows you to grow your skillset and not continue with the “same-old” approach of “doing things as we’ve always done them.”
  • Change is an essential component to develop and mature as a person. If we all continue living in our little bubble with minimal exposure to outside influences, we are limiting our growth opportunities, both intellectually and emotionally.
  • Doing different things allows you to broaden your horizons and view of the world. It makes you less subjective and allows you to adopt a more objective view of the world.

Why don’t you learn about something different to your field that you have interest in?  It could be learning the basics of coding or just talking and mixing with people from different industries.

2We live in a fast-paced digital world

We are living in the fourth industrial revolution. Emerging technologies are being developed and adopted at an accelerating pace. You no longer need decades of practise in a particular field to become an expert. The time between an idea, development and go to market of a new technology keeps shortening. An expert in drones hasn’t been practising for 20 years – it is just the person who put in time and effort to upskill.

Have a beginner mind-set: Be open and willing to learn new things. It could be as easy as reading publicly available material and watching online videos. Upskill yourself by understanding new terminology so that you are not left behind – for example, AI, IoT, robotics, automation, nanotechnology and blockchain.

The world is currently full of opportunities – you need to be brave and lead the way (be a disrupter).

Related: 8 Tiny Changes to Make Your Life 10 Times More Enjoyable

3Being adaptable and flexible is important

If you are too tied your master plan you may be living with blinkers on and not be able to adapt to your external environment when necessary. Various forces could impact your plan such as economic or political factors, new competitors or disruptors such as emerging technologies.

It is good to have a plan or framework to guide you in achieving your goals, but allow sufficient flexibility in your plan to be able to bend like bamboo in times of change rather than break.

Be open to new ideas.  Choose agility over rigidity.  See change as an opportunity.

Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist, legal technology innovator and speaker. She is a co-chair of the Johannesburg chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has a background working as a technology & privacy lawyer, and business development manager for technology and innovation, for an international law firm and has work experience in both London and Melbourne. She uses her unique experience and forward looking mindset to identify future risks and ask the legal and ethical questions brought about by emerging technology, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics. To find out more visit nerushkabowan.com. and follow her on Twitter @NerushkaBowan.

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(Infographic) 9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making In The First 10 Minutes Of Your Day

From setting goals to drinking coffee, these bad morning habits might surprise you.

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There are a number of things you’re probably doing every morning that are actually hindering your productivity.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you might be surprised to find out that drinking coffee between 8 and 10 a.m can make you more stressed throughout the day. That’s because caffeine early in the morning interferes with the time that the stress hormone, cortisol, is peaking in your body. It’s best to get your fix between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

When you get into the office and try to jump right into the top of your to-do list, you might find yourself confused and not very productive. When you don’t let your brain empty and refresh before starting a project or task, it loses a sense of control, becomes overwhelmed and ultimately, makes you less productive. Something else to avoid is checking email or social media right when you wake up. Typically, after checking your inbox, it takes a person at least 25 minutes to get back into a productive state. If you start your day off reading and responding to email after email, it will take you a long time to get back on track.

Another surprising mistake is setting self-imposed goals. Setting goals and deadlines for yourself might seem like an obvious productivity hack, but it turns out, that’s not the case. Instead, share your deadlines with others and you’ll feel more pressure and responsibility to get things done.

Related: 5 Surprising Elements That Boost Your Productivity (One of Them Is Colour)

Check out resume.io’s infographic below for more productivity mistakes you’re likely making in the first 10 minutes of your day.

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This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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Workflow And Business Efficiency – 5 Strategies You Ignore At Your Peril

Emails alone don’t cut it as an efficient way to communicate with team members. You’re not still depending on email, are you?

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An inefficient business can cost you a lot more than just growth – it can affect your revenue, too. According to a report by IDC, your business runs the risk of losing 20 to 30 percent of your revenue due to inefficient systems.

Unfortunately, many companies still struggle to implement the right systems to improve their workflow. Others have it worse, because they have no systems. In those situations, projects take ages to be completed, more time is spent on menial tasks and teams never seem to get enough done during work hours.

If that describes your company, your company’s profits may start to plummet, too.

Every successful business, then, has clearly defined systems to help the business run like clockwork. Improved workflow, better management and business efficiency save time, increase the bottom line and ensure a higher profit margin.

In fact, in an article on ContractZen, Tim Cummins, president of the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, wrote that, “The average corporation could boost its bottom line by almost 10 percent if it invested in improving the quality of contracting.

For many companies – especially those in more complex, project-based industries – the prize could be much higher – perhaps as much as 15 percent.”

Related: Become A Life-Hacker

Unfortunately, some companies fail to provide systems that put users first, taking a negative toll on those companies’ workflow and efficiency. The good news is that they’re only five strategies away from turning this around:

1. Automate all you can

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From email lists, bookkeeping, invoicing and contract management, to social media posts and payrolls, almost everything can be automated. For a business that aims to be more efficient, automation is a must.

Automation doesn’t just save you time, it can be the one strategy that can guarantee explosive growth and higher conversion rates. According to this Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness study, 63 percent of companies polled that were outgrowing their competitors said they had automated their marketing.

Automating monotonous tasks that have to be repeated several times during the day helps you be more productive in tasks that require your personal attention.

2. Invest in customer-relationship management software

It’s not uncommon to find businesses that are barely able to keep up with their leads. Some waste hours hunting the low-quality leads instead of focusing their energy on those ready to buy. Here, a customer relationship management (CRM) solution linked to these businesspeople’s network phone system is a great way to enhance customer communications.

Customers value businesses that provide excellent customer service. A CRM solution increases the ability to keep track of customer information, monitor leads and provide efficient delivery. Businesses can provide for their customers’ needs faster and make effective business decisions. With CRM, businesses can also keep their focus on quality leads that will drastically improve conversion rates.

Related: 11 Ways To Maximise Every Part Of Your Day

3. Set up a task-management system

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Emails alone don’t cut it as an efficient way to communicate with team members. Email makes it difficult to carry everyone along. However, setting up task-management software like Slack, Trello or Asana makes it much easier to have everyone’s tasks in one place and ensure that everyone is carried along in the project.

Task-management software helps members of a team track their progress and ensure that everyone is working on their tasks.

4. Sync your calendar with that of everyone else on your team

How many times have you had to reschedule appointments because you didn’t know you had other meetings lined up for the day?

Aside from leaving negative impression in clients’ mind, this error makes you less productive. Having to go back and forth until you have settled on an appropriate date can be cumbersome especially when different time zones are involved. So, do this instead: Sync your personal calendar with your work calendar, and make sure that everyone in your team is synced to the latter, too.

This will ensure sure that everybody is “on the same page” in terms of appointments and deadlines. Google Calendar can help you do just that. Once everyone is synced up, any change in the calendar will be seen by everyone so they can manage their own appointments.

5. Block out chunks of time

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Constant interruptions hamper your workflow. Imagine having to deal with turning over a project on a deadline while you’re stuck in a series of meetings throughout the day. It can get very difficult to focus on completing your most urgent tasks.

Block out chunks of time on your calendar for uninterrupted work. It’s better to schedule a series of meetings in one day than to spread them throughout the week.

If you’re creating content, block out one day to create all the content you’ll use for the week. That way your business will run more efficiently.

Related: 3 Reasons You Should Embrace Change

Wrapping it up

With the right strategies, you can turn your business around to make it efficient and lucrative. Automating your processes, setting up the right software and remaining focused on the tasks at hand will go a long way to help you do this. But just as with every good strategy, you need to remain consistent and give it time to do its magic.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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How To Multitask Like Tim Ferriss, Randi Zuckerberg And Other Very Busy People

Nine entrepreneurs tell us how they get it all done.

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Think you’re busy? Take a look at Guy Fieri‘s calendar. Or a U.S. Army general’s. Or an in-demand teenage actor’s. Or the CEO of a globally recognised company’s.

Some of the busiest people on the planet took time out of their days to tell us how they get it all done. Take note!

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