…so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A. A. Milne

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This quote comes courtesy of Winnie-the-Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.

I thought this quote was appropriate to start the week given my recent firsthand experience grappling with the problems inherent to not planning and organizing.

…It all started yesterday afternoon when I came across the website giveit100.com: The premise of the site is that users practice doing something they want to improve at for 100 days, recording their progress each day and uploading it online for all the world to see.

I think this site is a wonderful idea. I am kind of doing something similar 1. This is my 291st consecutive day blogging. I no longer know why I do it daily. At the start I wanted to force myself to learn something new everyday about HR. In accordance with the 10,000 hour rule, I believed if I spent enough time immersing myself into the space I could become an all around HR SME and thought leader in record time. Lately, however, half of my posts are more reflective than informative and/or substantiative. Still, at this point blogging is as much a part of my daily ritual as are showering/eating/contemplating pointless things etc. I just do it. I don’t feel right in the morning until a post is up.right now with my blog 1, and I have wanted to become a better speaker and communicator for a while…

…So I’ve decided that for the next 100 days I’m going to record myself talking about a variety of HR and/or business related topics covering a wide range of complexity and scope. I’m going to then upload my presentations(?) to giveit100.com. The thinking here being that at the end of the 100 days I will (hopefully) be a more competent communicator.

Unfortunately, I didn’t start this process until 9:30 in the evening; I need to be up every day by 5:30 am for the rest of my morning routine, so this was of course a disaster. By the time I’d set up the camera, figured out what I was going to say 2, learned the basics of video conversion/editing, compressed and finally uploaded the first video I was once again reminded that he who does not plan ahead plans to fail.
2. I was tired and settled on a simple introduction.
…Just something to keep in mind as we get started this morning. Most of us get enough curve balls thrown our way during the work week to keep us at least a little bit off-balance despite our best laid plans. With this in mind, let’s not exacerbate our weekly challenges by not taking advantage of chances to get organized and plan ahead as opportunities present themselves. Spontaneity is all well and good, but preparation often produces better results.

…With that said, here’s video one of my documented journey to become a better communicator:

As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy Monday,