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Resistance is futile: System Check

by Scot Herrick on February 15th, 2007

When you are doing your work, you are really following a process. Either your process or the one the business set up for you to follow.

Need to get some supplies? If you work for a company, for example, that could mean anything from going to speak with Paul to order the supplies to going online to a selected vendor and ordering supplies via the Internet. In either case, you are following a process to order supplies.

How well that process works will give you plenty of opportunities to check out “resistance.” Is Paul incapable of ordering supplies? That will give you resistance to going to him. Is the vendor’s web site difficult to use? That will give you resistance to ordering through the vendor.

The same is true in your personal work. The work you do follows a process — a personal system for organizing your work, your tasks, and how you go about things.

One of the first places you should check for resistance are in these systems. Are you repelled or attracted to your “to-do” list? Are you repelled or attracted to making those phone calls? Are you repelled or attracted to chatting with your manager? Are you repelled or attracted to writing posts for Pimp Your Work?

Wherever you feel resistance to doing the work is an opportunity to determine what is causing the resistance. It’s an opportunity to Pimp Your Work.

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