Decisions. Sometimes they’re are tough for me to make. Sure, I can make the easy decisions. The ones that don’t take much thought or have lasting consequences.
It’s the bigger ones I struggle with. The ones that could have an impact not just on today but on the future as well.
Fortunately, when it comes to making decisions, I’m not alone. I’ve got two sources of comfort I turn to.
There’s my wife. She knows me so well. She’s a great sounding board. Knowing we’re a team and that she’s got my back means the world.
My other source of comfort is my faith. When faced with difficult decisions I pray… a lot. Just like the Bible says we should.
“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.” James 1:5 (MSG)
The next time you’re faced with a difficult decision I hope you realize that you’re not alone.
Today I learned a few lessons and potentially eased some workday stress. I thought I’d share my experience here in the hopes it could help you too!
Here’s my story: Every week at work I have a very time consuming, detail oriented project. It is easily my least favorite part of the week and takes several hours to complete. It also happens to land on Friday at a busy and stressful time.
Week in and week out I dreaded Fridays knowing this task was looming. Today I decided to do something about it.
I sent a group email to a bunch of people that do what I do at other radio stations within our company. These people are spread out around the country and are faced with the same task each Friday.
The purpose of my email was to share the workflow I use weekly and to see if others had input on how I could streamline the process.
It didn’t take long and the replies started coming in. Some expressing the same frustrations I had and others offering really great suggestions. One even took the extra effort to type up detailed instructions on what he does. Some told me I should automate my process completely by using a service made by companies like SDLC Partners and others.
Before the end of the day I had gained some knowledge and came away with two ways to potentially cut the time spent on this task in half! That’s a definite win for me… but I wasn’t the only winner.
I got a couple emails sent only to me thanking me for asking for advice. Turns out they picked up some timesavers in the email exchange too!
So what did I learn today?
- That my way isn’t always the only way… or the best way.
- That you’ll never know unless you ask. I could have asked months ago and eliminated a lot of stress.
- That if I have a question about something… somebody else probably has the same or similar one.