Small steps towards a big goal can lead to big change. Sometimes it is the smallest changes in how we approach our day that can have the greatest impact.
Rarely is a problem you face disassociated with everything else in your organization. Problems have causes and consequences and may have tentacles in many different processes and departments. There is opportunity for great synergy in the process of actually solving the problem.
Often there is so much coming at you all day long, it becomes difficult to see the synergies, and you spend your whole day trying to solve the problems that arise. Obviously fires must be extinguished, but flames fanned unnecessarily by a team member focused solely on their immediate issue can create a day full of disjointed fix–it–now issues.
The interrelatedness of the issues, problems, interruptions and opportunities you are faced with is significant. Piling simply suggests grouping problems and opportunities in a pile to be addressed at a later time. When attacked as a group, you can capitalize on the common themes, the innovative ideas that may work in one situation but not another, and the power of focused thought.
There is a significant difference between piling and procrastination. Piling is a conscious choice that some issues or ideas can wait, and if you group them, will become easier to address all at once. Procrastination is the delay of what should be addressed due to a desire to avoid the issue, avoid a conflict, difficult conversation or accountability, or because there is not yet a perfect solution.
Personally, I literally pile things on my desk. For example, I both sell and execute and often don’t spend time every day or every week on sales. Yet ideas and opportunities arise regularly. I could let myself get distracted by a new idea, and may decide to if it is time sensitive, but more often will literally pile papers or group information jn an Outlook Inbox subfolder. Then I will look at those opportunities together at a point in the future.
Is your day ruled by interruptions that may more effectively be handled at a later date in a related group of issues?