Like lots of folks in our present dilemma, too much to do, with such little time, I have sensed my personal production fading lately. Across our industry statistics bear-out the sad fact that, in this respect, I am part of a movement: Output has plateaued. As a labor force, we rasped over the indistinguishable finish-line of last year. Unquestionably, there is bewilderment as to the explanations for this functional slouch, but in reality, why does it matter? There aren’t any justifications. There’s just a giant prospect to do things with extra energy, grace, and effectiveness.
Foremost, I am going to get up even earlier in the morning in an attempt to stretch-out the hours with which I can deliver value to the organization. Currently I usually bolt upright at 5:00am each morning. Clearly, I’m going to have to get going sooner. Note-to-self: Set alarm for 4:00am. Want to wake up at 4:00am too?
Then, my activity tracker and I like to go on a walk right after getting up, because I don’t wish to croak anytime soon, which would be the opposite of being more productive, I imagine. During this hour, which will now happen in complete darkness (see preceding paragraph), I still haven’t achieved anything that resembles more productivity. So from here on out I am guaranteed to be one of those folks who trudge about with a earpiece on, blathering to someone. Note-to-self: Find fellow employees who either enjoy functioning at 4:00 a.m. or reside in another country across the globe.
Regardless of how ridiculously early I arrive at the office, odds are I’ll discover numerous co-workers already wondering around groggily on their way to their output-increasing, open-design workspaces. We’ll all recognize each other and nod without talking, attempting to institute a bit of private space deprived of the advantage of walls. Regardless of those authentic attempts, I know I will most likely end up drawn into public interaction. If I’m going to rocket out of the gateway, it is perfectly clear I am going to have to create boundaries in this unrestricted office space. Note-to-self: Be a bit more rude. Perhaps keep your face down. Look into instituting a physical boundary. A stack of magazines? A mass of files & reports? Don’t shower for a few days?
Luckily, we’re all set apart with tools designed to enhance efficiency. But do they actually work? Take my new iPhone... It empowers people to reach me at all hours of the day or night for more productive efforts. By midday I have been reached by my kids, who are excellent storytellers, by my friends, who are constantly separating from their spouses, and by a rep from Houston who seems to have walked in mud and wants a hand reinstating professional equability. Only the latter of these discussions, in all truthfulness, was actually fruitful. Note-to-self: Turn off the iPhone.
On the other hand, wait. That identical brainy gadget gives me the muscle to work all day and night, growing the ways I can profit the companies I own and love. Unluckily, it also sports a tremendous camera, all my favorite music on-demand, and a multitude of supportive apps. Right now I’m on level 900 of Angry Birds. It is completely immersive. Lookout for the in-app buying, though. That last Adobe app suite cost me upwards of $900 already in add-on’s. Note-to-self: Delete all apps.
And how about electronic messaging? What percentage of my inbox is just wasting my time? Fifty percent? Ninety percent? Could concentrated, non-simulated interfaces be the only dynamic substitutes to digital brain activity? Affirmative! Round-tables! Though, now that I’m mentioning it, I had so many consultations with employees yesterday I didn’t end up getting anything accomplished that I needed to. Not useful! Note-to-self: Work lengthier days to undo the buildup of obligations created by the commonality of meetings. Should I just work through breakfast? Or lunch! Perhaps dinner!
All right, let’s look at what we have got here. Sleep a lot less. Dodge pointless social interferences. Eradicate time-wasting tech gadgets. Avoid meetings. Eat lunch. Yes. I can handle all that. You probably could too, I would wager. And then… presto!—we will achieve great things! And we will do all of these things for the reason that … because … Hmm. Note-to-self: Examine connection between production and compensation.
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