Maximize Your Productivity
So you wake up one day and you are the owner of a bakery in New York. A father (because a mom would never forget something like this) runs in and fanatically begs you to bake a birthday cake he for got to order for his daughter, who’s party starts in about two hours down the block. Money is no object, he needs the cake pronto or will suffer the wrath of his wife and daughter for the rest of his life over this cake fiasco. Being a father yourself, you instantly understand the predicament, and you commit to ensuring this man will not be the looser in the story about his daughter’s birthday debacle. You rush to the kitchen to assign a baker to this monumental task. Your choices are:
A. The baker who absolutely has to make sure that the cake layers are absolutely flat and sized evenly with absolutely 1/4 of an inch of icing all around.
B. The baker that can slap a couple of layers together and lather an icing layer in a couple of turns on a lazy Susan.
The result will be two cakes that look essentially the same. Except, when you cut into it, one will look perfect with straight layers and even amounts of icing on every slice, the other…not so much. But the decision is easy for you (that why you are the boss), you will pick the baker that can complete the task quickly and efficiently. And guess what, the father get his cake with time to spare and his daughter loves the it, especially since she got the slice with the most icing on it.
In this series, I will focus on ways to optimize productivity in the workplace. I believe the workplace is where we are most pushed and stressed to get things done in an efficiently and timely manor. Remember, time is money. So, being productive don’t mean it has to be pretty, neat, and wrapped and tied with a bow, just like the cake that the father took to his daughter. It just has to get the job done.
At work, we need to keep on top of the latest crisis, ensure this is done so that does’t get held up, and complete task A, B, and C, or (insert coworker’s name here) will not be able to finish D, E, and F. It is complicated and difficult to stay on top of everything, to prioritize what is impotent, well…, let’s face it, it’s all important. So how do we get on top of all the tasks, todo’s and complete them in a timely manor? We can organize, prioritize and optimize our productivity by using technology and the right tools that are available to help us be efficient and maximize our productivity.
Fire up the oven, lets start baking that cake!