At Blendle, we used GitHub to keep track of prospective candidates and where they are in the hiring process. It’s not a perfect system, but it did the job. And still: every time I worked with it, I found myself wanting to build a better system for tracking applicants.
Just the idea of building a system myself – one that might save me a couple of steps per applicant – served as a powerful distraction from the job at hand. And while this new, imagined system would make my job easier, it does absolutely nothing to solve my actual problem: hiring new people now.
When it comes to hard work, it’s not a matter of making things easier. It’s a matter of getting things done.
To get the job done:
- Don’t make your work harder than it is
- Now is not the time to reinvent the wheel
- Resist any excuse for not putting in the work
- Don’t focus on making hard work easier. Focus on sticking with it and producing consistent, high-quality results.
And don’t forget: loads of people try to get out of hard work. Few have what it takes to simply get things done. However unsexy hard work may seem, it’s a great way to stand out. Do you always deliver high quality when you take on hard work? Then you’re steadily building a solid reputation for being dependable, and more and more people will come to rely on you.
Have a good week!