Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Working as a team

There are so many times that a decision made by one person can impact how others are working. In any company it is very important that if a decision is made that could impact others it needs to be communicated before any changes happen.

Being part of a team is very important in any business, and seeing how a decision that is made by one individual can impact others is important to think about. In some cases, the decision will probably be good idea, and everyone will be happy with it, but then there are times when the decision can make it harder for someone else to complete their tasks.

The best idea is when you are thinking about changing how something is done, and you aren’t the only one that uses the information, it is a good idea to ensure that everyone has some input into how things are going to be handled. In some cases, the change might be a great idea, and it will be agreed upon as a good idea, but there may be cases when the idea isn’t the best idea for everyone.

Having the chance to talk about a change before it is made is a lot better than finding out about a change after it has been done. A change that impacts a group of people really does need to be discussed, instead of just doing it because you think it’s a good idea. I recently had to deal with such a change, and it impacted how I did things. It didn’t just impact how I did the stuff with the software, it impacted how I was making my notes so that all had to be changed. If I had been told about the change before it was made, it would have meant that I now don’t have to redo a lot of the work that I have already done.

Being part of a team is how we all work, and making sure that all the team members are aware of any upcoming changes is very important. A change can make it easier for everyone to work, or it can entirely change how some of the team now must work. So, next time you have an idea to change how something is done, think about who else either uses the application or software and if the change will impact them. Being a team player is very important in business and being anti-team isn’t a good idea.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Hiding behind a screen name

Something that I have been noticing more and more are people that will make negative comments either on Facebook or on YouTube videos. In several cases, the person isn’t using their own name so that they can hide before the screen and just be negative to others.

I am a moderator or an administration for a few Facebook groups and I have noticed that people seem to like making negative comments. Recently there was a simple comment made in one of the groups, and then it blew up into a bunch of back-and-forth negative comments, and of course this happens when you are not monitoring the group. By the time I got to see the chat it had got bad, so I had to step in and take care of this situation. The result was lots of comments were removed and everyone got a warning about being kind and considerate to each other. I really wonder how many people would say these comments to a person if they were in person. I think part of it is that people think they can say anything they want because they are hiding behind a screen.

While watching YouTube videos, I look through some of the comments, and it is amazing how many people will say hurtful comments to a person. I have seen people say a YouTuber was fat, they were insensitive to others, they think too much of themselves. These are just a few of the comments that I have seen. Of course, these are people that are trying to hurt the YouTuber, but I have seen a lot of the YouTubers either ignore the comments or talk about them on their channels with a reply of if you don’t like watching my channel, there are a lot of other channels you can go and watch.

Yes, I so agree with the comment that there are a lot of other channels on YouTube or groups on Facebook that you can belong to. If you don’t like something that someone has said on social media, the best thing you can do is scroll by it. In the case of YouTube, maybe unsubscribe from the channel if you don’t like the person. On Facebook you can either just scroll past the comment and say nothing, which is the best idea, or if you don’t like how a group is managed you can always leave the group.

Hiding behind a screen name may make you think you are better than others, but really what you are doing is showing a weakness that you have. If you can only say negative things about people, remember that everyone has feelings, and we need to respect each other.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Just write

These are words that I have heard my husband say to me, and I am glad that he has said them more than once. Just write means giving myself the permission to sit and do something that I love doing and not letting other things get in the way like I normally do. Being able to accept that me sitting and writing is important has helped me continue to enjoy the writing process.

Just writing means that I can write whatever I am feeling and not care what others think about the outcome, unless I want someone to see what I have been writing about. There are days when I wish I could just sit and write, but other things get in the way. When I have the opportunity to sit and write, I have learned to take them and value them. Sometimes the sitting and writing because I need to write means something else doesn’t get done right away, but it does get done later.

Writing is one of my methods of dealing with a lot of my emotions and things that are going on in my life. Hopefully being able to write about the various things will make it a lot better for me and I don’t have to deal with the emotional roller coaster that I have sometimes dealt with in the past.

Being able to write for the joy of it is important. I know that I don’t have to be perfect when I do this writing because I can later go over my thoughts and make sure they are clearer. Of course, there are times when I can just enjoy the writing and that makes me happy and then there are the times when I can sit and review my writing and that is a different mindset.

Having the ability to just sit and write and let the ideas flow is wonderful, and knowing that you can make the actual thought clearer later on is great. Sometimes thoughts flow, and they make sense and then there are the times that after looking at them, they are just a mixture of feelings and there isn’t any way to possibly make sense of that so someone else can read it, but that is ok as well because at least the thoughts have been put down and that helps in so many ways.

For me, I write some each day and that is important and quite a bit of what I write is never seen by anyone else and that is fine as well. I know that each bit of writing that I do have a purpose and just write is my way of getting so many different thoughts out of my head so that I can then focus on some of the other things that do need my attention. So, next time someone says to you “just write” do it and see how you feel. You will probably be happy they told you to do it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Don't be afraid of being you

Something that we all must do is make sure that we are true to who we are. Sure, there are times when we must show a bit of a different side of us, but in general, we must show who we are to the rest of the world. Of course, I am not saying that we have to yell and scream the look at me idea, but we need to ensure that people see who the true you is.

It is important that we also make sure that we love what we are doing for our job. It can be a challenge to find a job that suits you perfectly, but making sure that you can at least have some aspects that you enjoy is good. There are things that we don’t enjoy in every job but making sure that between work and home you are able to do the things that you love doing. If you are a person that loves talking to others, it’s important that you can do that in some form.

If you have a goofy side, you need to show it sometimes. I don’t mean show it during an important meeting, but people that you spend time with need to see that you do have a sense of humour. Quite a while ago, I surprised someone with a little fun voice that I would sometimes use. The person was shocked, but very happy that I had that side of me that I hadn’t shown them before. Being able to enjoy things is important, and knowing you can show a goofy side to others is important.

One thing that I make sure that I do is to dress to who I am. I am not a person that you will see in dresses or skirts most of the time. For me, I am comfortable in either jeans or casual pants and t-shirts, golf shirts or simple tops. I also make a point of making sure that I do have my favourite colour as part of my wardrobe, so don’t be surprised if you see me wearing something teal.

If people don’t like you for who you are, then they aren’t worth the friendship. You can’t try and please everyone because if you are doing that there is a chance you aren’t pleasing yourself and is that friendship worth it. We need to accept that each person is different and make sure that we accept each other for who we are.

Being able to be you is extremely important, and it is what makes you happen when you get up in the morning and when you are around people. Sure there are going to be people that don’t like some of what you say or do but remember making sure you are happy with who is are is important. You need to be able to look in the mirror and say, “I am being who I am, and I am happy with that person.”