Jordan Montgomery, the owner of Montgomery Companies, spoke at the ARA Show this past week about driving product efficiency and productivity. His session looked at how growth is determined by three key things: process, strategy, and structure. One of the points that he spoke about in regards to the process was the book “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. Her book is all about a single message: If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.
A key takeaway for Montgomery with this 5-second rule is that having the process in place to take action is so important because the drive to take that action is fleeting. This message can be thought-provoking for those working towards growth in a professional and personal setting. It also has an interesting message for those in the construction industry.
With so much new technology, the need to take action to get into construction technology is stronger than ever. But with so much advancement so fast, taking one action to get going with construction tech can be intimidating.
Embracing construction tech can take a lot of time, many decisions, actions, mini goals and advancements. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially with how fast it all changes.
What action could someone possibly take in a little 5 seconds to help move you towards the goal of embracing construction tech in your business?
Whether you’re just starting, have dipped your toes, or are looking to stay on top of the next big thing in construction tech, there is something you can do in just a few seconds to help get you one step closer to embracing construction tech. Since there is no real “process” for this, we decided to provide a few examples of actionable items and achievable things that you can do next time you feel an impulse to make a move on construction tech.
Construction technology is a thriving topic. Every day, there are news articles and blog posts that analyze the latest trends, explore upcoming news and highlight everything you need to know about what’s happening in the industry. A quick Google search will bring up the latest industry news and take you one step closer to embracing construction tech on a daily basis.
Construction Dive has a whole newsletter and website specifically on the topic of Construction Tech. DOZR sends out a monthly newsletter with the latest news and updates for the construction tech industry as well as published blogs every week about all things construction.
The next time you feel the urge to take action towards construction tech, make the effort to learn something new about it. That could be the step you need to add a new type of technology into your own business.
*Or join social media if you’re not already on it
From DOZR to Caterpillar, to Serious Labs and Ekso Bionics, there are so many construction technology companies online that you can follow to stay up to date with construction trends. There is also an astounding number of contractors, like Missy Scherber, who are on social media and talk a lot about the latest tech and industry news.
Following brands on social media is a great way to stay connected to the construction tech community and learn about the latest news. Growing your network and construction community is not only educational but is great for business too.
Looking for a way to get the latest news without having to check social media or read a blog or article? Construction podcasts are a great way to learn what’s happening in the industry and get some new insights into trends and topics. Many podcasts – such as the ConExpo podcast – are usually around 20 – 30 minutes long so they don/t require a lot of time. You can pause them, and listen to them on your drive to work.
The ConTechCrew, Construction Leading Edge, Constructrr, and our own DOZR DirtStories podcast are four great examples to start with. There are plenty out there, though so don’t feel obliged to only listen to one.
Usually about an hour in length, webinars are online web sessions where you can listen in on a conversation about a specific topic, ask questions about a specific topic and hear new insights into construction from experts in the field.
There are also plenty of webinars about other fields of business such as website design, marketing, leadership techniques, and general technical tips. Feel free to check out webinars outside of construction and learn something new about technology in general.
If your main reason for not taking action to integrate construction tech to your business is because you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to someone and ask for help! Send an email, text a friend, or post on a forum saying that you want to start but don’t know how to do it. Guaranteed, there are hundreds, if not thousands of other contractors who have been through the exact same thing.
If there is a particular type of construction tech you’d like to integrate – fleet management systems, an online website, renting out your equipment online or anything else – find a website of a company that helps with it and request a meeting or phone call. It can be the first step to getting the ball rolling and actually implementing a change.
Moving towards a goal can be difficult. It is especially difficult in an industry like construction where things are changing so quickly and those same changes can be complex and difficult to understand.
The Five-Second Rule tells us that, “If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea”.
The suggestions above are five simple actions that you can take that will help you move towards your goal without feeling overwhelmed with the construction tech world.
Comment below and tell us what you do to stay connected with construction tech.