I didn’t call my dad at 9 a.m. like I do every day – instead, I called him at 10:30 that particular morning. He sounded confused and was unable to find the right words. I immediately called his neighbor along with 911. My father suffered a stroke that day in October of 2013. I immediately made a reservation to fly to New York from my home in Orlando.
My father is a 94-year old WWII veteran who I admire for his kindness, strength, and unselfishness. When I first saw him in the hospital, I thought – “it’s all different now.” The thread that tethered me to the earth had now been severed, as I felt scared, helpless, and alone.
I spent every day with my dad for three and a half months during which time he was in the hospital and rehab. The thing that weighed so heavily on my mind was not knowing what would happen when he went home. A nursing home was never an option, and although my wife and I wanted him to live with us in Orlando, his choice was to stay in the neighborhood that he knew his entire life and in the apartment that he called home for more than fifty years.
I was frozen, unbelievably overwhelmed, and shaken to the core because I didn’t know where to begin. I had to figure out who was going to care for him at home 24/7, the financial aspect of it all, and how to deal with being separated from my family in Orlando for several months.
I spent much time researching the Internet and talking to various people who in turn connected me with others. Over time, things fell into place. A few angels were with me through it all, my wife, Barbara; my Aunt Rena; and an amazing social worker named Sue.
What I learned in the process was that I was not alone. Many of us have a loved one in need of services beyond our knowledge, and some of us can land in a maze without an advocate or loved one nearby. Everyone needs help at the most vulnerable times, a go-to-person if you will.
And so, this is how GoToPerson was born.
Life throws curveballs whether in business or our personal life. And often we fall behind for any number of reasons. GoToPerson addresses problems that come from different directions, helps with planning and organizing, manages business and personal projects, and takes on tasks and research that otherwise just sit as words on a to-do list.
GTP simplifies the complicated, eliminates chaos and gets things done!
For further information, or to talk it out, contact email@example.com or 888.GTP.7707.
When a problem or question arises about the flow of your business, reviewing logistics may be your key to pinpointing the culprit. Dedicating time to reevaluate an existing process or system may lead to updating, tweaking, or completely overhauling an element in the chain. The payoff can be significant when we give ourselves and coworkers the freedom to think outside the box and be creative.
This concept applies to every enterprise, large and small, and for industries across the board from service to retail and manufacturing.
In an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review (June 2, 2015, by Bradley Staats and David M. Upton) this point is illuminated with real-life business examples of companies that were served well by looking at “moving down the value chain.”
The reality is that business operations are dynamic. With that, it is reasonable and necessary for an organization to scrutinize processes in order to identify areas that need improvement. This step will lead them to examine the feasibility of implementing change. Simultaneous to achieving increased efficiency, an improved bottom line and greater competitive edge, a company can also benefit from the development of team leadership, shared knowledge, and employee loyalty, in the process.
A leader who views problems as opportunities and turns them on their head can reap the rewards.
GTP provides management support services and can assist with project logistics (planning/managing/implementing) and more. For further information, please visit www.gotoperson.info or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.GTP.7707.
At GoToPerson, our motto is, “simplify the complicated, eliminate chaos and get things done.”
One of the most valuable tools we use, and recommend, is a to-do list which requires only a pen and paper, or keyboard, to record, categorize and prioritize tasks.
The tasks on your list should be realistic and do-able, and the first steps towards getting a job done. In other words, if you are redoing your kitchen, your to-do list may say, “call three friends for contractor recommendations” vs. “redo kitchen.” You can take it one step further and list the phone # for those you are reaching out to. The more you break it down, the less daunting it will be, and the closer you will find yourself to completing the task.
There are other payoffs too: no more random thoughts of what you forgot to do, which can interrupt your workflow; crossing off items is a natural ‘feel-good’ motivation; and, carrying over items to the next day is simple.
To-do lists are referred to as a time management tool or organizational technique. Regardless of the name, incorporating them into your daily planning will invariably increase productivity and decrease stress. The result: you too will become enthusiastic about using to-do lists – to get things done!