We can learn in two ways, either making mistakes or learning from the mistakes of others. I have learned a lot from making mistakes, where I have had to spend both money and time learning.
Again, I have learned a lot from industry colleagues by reading blog posts, books, taking online courses. In this case, I just had to invest some time and money. However, I did not have to waste any money at all.
As I said, I have some lifelong learning that I have had to learn with many mistakes and a lot of value. But today, I will share the education I got due to this loss of money for free! And all this knowledge il be very helpful for Tech startup business owners or even for a freelancer developer.
The first thing to think about is your current professional status. See, where I am is either good or bad.
To make matters worse, I’m in for a rude awakening. And if it’s good, maybe I have some big plans and to achieve that I have to solve some problems. Whatever the situation, both are challenging.
When you try to scale up or solve a big problem, you will see that most situations are like that.
- I need a good manager, but it will cost money.
- Besides, how can I hire a good manager?
- How to increase the efficiency of the existing team?
- How can I get more clients?
- How do we can increase client retention?
- The office needs a new computer.
- I need money.
- There are many problems in the existing team; how do I solve them?
And to be honest, this list will continue to grow!
My head doesn’t work when we have multiple problems like this. I think I fell into a sphere puzzle. When you solve it, it stays; when you do it, another one comes.
It is very normal, and it happens to everyone wherever they are. But there is nothing to worry about. Trust me; there is a smart solution to this problem.
It’s called, Improve One Thing at a Time.
First, we will write down our problems on a piece of paper – all the problems. There is no problem with making a list bigger.
Now, look at the list and keep marking:
- Any problems are big problems and need immediate solutions
- Some problems are big but do not seem to solve immediately
- Some problems are small but need immediate solutions
- No problems are small problems, and no immediate solution is needed.
First, we should focus on the big problem, which will need an immediate solution. Then there is the small problem where such an immediate solution is needed. Then the big problem but the solution is a little late, but there is no problem to work with such problems. And finally, when the time is available, we can work on the problems of category 4.
But yes, one by one, the solution to the problem is to keep it in mind – some problems we can solve quickly. For example, suppose you need money to buy a computer. The solution is to manage money. If the money is managed, the solution in an instant!
Again, there are some problems that you can’t solve with incense, even if you want to. For example, you are not happy with your team’s work quality or miss regular deadlines. TO solve this issue, You need to address every problem strategically. You need to improve their quality little by little. They have to push a little bit to secure the deadline. As well as stress, respect, affection, compassion are all maintained.
Remember- Daily a little improvement will make a little progress at the end of the month, and huge Progress at the end of the year.
Let’s share my real-life example in that case.
We have a weekly reporting system at our office. It wasn’t a comfortable experience for everyone on the team with the first new reporting style. An hour meeting would take two hours. I would accidentally store a lot of unnecessary information and ignore a lot of urgent information.
Again we started to use Asana, even tried Trello as well. After then we moved to Excel (Google Sheet). In the Google Excel sheet, everything was nicely highlighted and arranged, but the problem was there was no connection with the reporting.
In addition, after the weekly update, we were not able to make our actionable task list. As a result, the maximum advantage could not be obtained from the weekly update.
To resolve these reporting issues, we developed our management system and can track all our Progress nicely.
There are many more things that have been solved slowly, but hopefully, i.e. improvements have come. Tools, formats, content structures have changed, and we understand exactly where improvements are needed.
Now we don’t have to talk much in the weekly meeting, which saves us from a load of verbal communication, keeps the nerves strong. We have gradually improved everything, including its format. We now complete this weekly review more effectively and productively than we used to 20% of the time. Maybe there will be many more improvs upfront.
After making a lot of mistakes, my learning is: Not everything will work immediately. You have to think systematically; you have to try. But if we work on the Improve One Thing at a Time formula, then quick and effective solutions to problems are possible.