Why Stubbornly Cling to Old Ways?
Time for a change
Why do some people resist change even if they aren’t happy with the status quo? I’m not even talking about major life changes, just small-scale tweaks here and there to make life a little easier. Change can be scary and it might involve heavy lifting. That’s a given. But if implementing a minor change will save you work in the long run, wouldn’t you give it a shot?
This week I’ve already talked with 2 people who still manually perform jobs that are easily and reliably taken care of by free (!) tools. And they grumbled because it takes them so long to do these jobs and I just zip through them. I answered their questions and told them about my tools of choice and how unbelievably easy they are to use. And they listened (at least I hope they did) and then politely informed me that their old (useless) method is good enough and they won’t go to the trouble of changing their approach. Baffling! Especially in a professional setting.
Start off small
Let’s set aside the issue of complaining to your peers. Ultimately, I wonder at this reluctance to try new things. We all tend to shy back from the big unknown and everyone has their own definition of what constitutes minor or major changes. I’m no tech whizz and I like to work with clear-cut, no-frills tools. So, I’m not trying to turn luddites into cloud-based, born-again technophiles. Nor am I telling people to completely turn their lives around. I’m providing advice that they asked for and suggesting a barely-there shift in their approach. Why would they let me waste my time and then tell me that they’ll just stick with their time-consuming manual strategy? At the heart of it, they are telling me, their peer, that they are choosing to willfully disregard ways to improve – or at least assess – weak spots in their business.
Simply identifying a problem doesn’t solve much if you don’t take the next step. Something has to give to make things better, easier, more productive or more lucrative. And change is best practiced in small steps, don’t you think?