For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I went BIG with going the extra mile, in the areas of communications and planning. I started a file of samples of designs and graphics and photos to pursue my future design goals. I also added one extra task each time I worked on a project or did research.
I learned that adding one extra task was extra helpful if I did it in advance – it was like filling the well before I was thirsty. Then when the unexpected tasks arose, there was no time crunch. Preparing a list and setting out what I needed ahead of time made it a breeze.
I learned that doing the extra bit was beneficial to others also, because I was prepared, and didn’t waste their time.
I also drank more water in flu season, and washed my hands often to minimize germs.
I am going to seek other ways to go the extra mile over the next ten months, so it will become a habit, and by setting my standards higher, I will learn to do things a little better.
For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to go BIG with going the extra mile.
“The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.” Everyone says they go the extra mile, but almost no one actually does. Most people think, “Wait… no one else is here… why am I doing this?”
Jeff Haden goes on to say: “That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities. Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked; offer. Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do–especially if other people aren’t doing that one thing. Sure, it’s hard. But that’s what will make you different–and over time will make you incredibly successful.”
For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to look for ways I can go the extra mile with my work. I will let you know how it goes next week.