Working in the business is so much more intuitive than working on the business. Emails and calls keep flowing in and we keep sending responses. Dealing with issues. Another day has gone by. Before you know it, the week is done. Then the month. Then the year. Where did that one go?
Setting up new software or technology rarely goes as smoothly as we hope. Even when it does, we still must retrain ourselves to work a new way. Since we know this, we tend to push updating our systems aside until one day we can wait no more, and it becomes the biggest problem to solve that day. Old routines are easy, but is that the key to staying competitive and ahead of the curve? I don’t think so.
There’s no good time to disrupt your system that’s working well. You just have to bite the bullet and get it done or fall behind. I believe for our industry the beginning of the year is the best time to get software and processes updated. Make the changes now so that you can capitalize on the improvements during the hectic spring to Christmas crazy season.
Waiting for your new machines to arrive? Update the software that will be driving those new machines as they will be running new software on them from the factory. The last thing you want is for the new machines to finally arrive, get installed and you then find out you need to upgrade your software in order to fully utilise your new machines that you’ve been waiting on forever.
Being proactive with software updates is always better than having to react. Get ahead and get current. You’ll face some new learning and changes, but you’ll dodge a much bigger bullet down the line.