Being fairly new to office work, I’ve found myself putting on a few pounds, which for a skinny guy is like strapping a goopy bag of noodles to the middle of a flag pole. While I try to stay active hiking, biking, rock climbing and so forth, I find that during the week mental fatigue manifests itself physically, so I often retire to a warm book (this week I’m reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer) and relax after work.
My background is largely in construction. Switching from standing and shoveling to sitting and thinking is a big change, so, yesterday, in order to trim a few noodles from the bag, I started exercising in the morning before work. As I started attempting pull-ups on a climber’s training board mounted above my door jam, I discovered my formerly shovel-sculpted muscles have atrophied into runny skin dribbles barely capable of lifting my noodle bag off the ground. With some perseverance and a number of sideways glances from my confused puppy, I managed to grunt out ten pull-ups.
Satisfied with my efforts there, I fell onto the floor for some crunches, managing a hundred before hobbling to the shower to face the rest of the day. While my total efforts added up to maybe fifteen minutes of solid work, I was sore! Assuming I can do more than a meager fifteen minutes a day, I have faith that with continued effort, my skin blobs will resume their position on the top of my bicep and the noodle bag will be gone before too long. It’s tough trying to dust yourself off and get moving again, but it’s important to learn what new changes mean for you when they appear.
Much of the growth your company sees will likely be more positive than that of a malingerer’s belly, but as I had to compensate for the growth I was seeing, you’ll have to plan for your growth as well. Companies change frequently. New employees arrive, old employees leave, expansions occur, and all aspects of your business continuity plan are likely to be affected, but when your business faces new challenges, you can be ready.
It’s important to dust off your old business continuity and disaster recovery plans and revise them to assure that all aspects are ready for action when needed. You can’t afford not to accommodate new changes in your business when disaster strikes. If you spend time thinking of how you need to adapt business continuity and backup and disaster recovery plans as changes occur, your business will be fit to handle anything.