To many times we get stuck doing something one way, because that’s just how we’ve always done it. It’s worked, so why change it?
There is definitely something to be said for not reinventing the wheel… if a certain system works smoothly it’s probably best to keep it that way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t analyze it with a critical eye.
To me, there are no ‘sacred cows’ when it comes to how we do things. Regardless of how well they have been working, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least review and evaluate them on a regular basis. You would be surprised at what you find.
Many times a little critical analysis on your part will expose some hidden or unexpected problems… or some quick research will expose new products, techniques or programs that previously were unavailable last year.
I personally try to critique and reevaluate my methods at least once every six months. To me that time table is perfect because it usually takes that long to understand how well something is really working. Then I can go from there and evaluate how to improve.
There might be bumps along the way, but the goal is always the same: improvement. Regardless of how or what you do with it, the freedom to reevaluate on a regular basis can work wonders… Try it!