As the holidays are staring us directly in the face, I‘ve spent some time reflecting on how we go about doing our daily tasks. This reflection comes from watching and listening as friends and family have discussed their holiday shopping. As it turns out, we could all learn a lot from the successful shoppers in our lives.
So in that light, I ask a simple question: How do you go about your daily tasks at work? Do you sit down every morning and review everything on your plate for the day? Do you prioritize these items and think about how they all fit together to form the big picture? Do you think about physical location and the travel path to follow to be as efficient as possible?
If you don’t; Maybe you should. Here is the conversation I heard repeated several times the week of Thanksgiving: “I’m starting out Thursday evening at Target. If I get in line by 5:00 PM I’ll be in great shape to get that television I want. Since that is the farthest distance of all my stops, it’s a great place to start.”
“From there, I can swing by WalMart, it’s just down the street, to buy the coffee maker dad wants. Timing-wise, that should allow me to miss the first big crowd so I can get in and out. Two more stops in the same shopping center, and then I can call it a night. And Friday then looks like this…”
Amazing isn’t it? We can plan a two-day shopping spree, maximize our time and minimize our travel distance, saving us money from the special pricing. But the bigger savings may be the time and travel distance so we can spend more time with family over the weekend.
Are you one of these holiday shopping planners? If so, do you also plan your day at work? If you’re not a holiday shopping planner, should you be? But more importantly, shouldn’t you plan your work day to accomplish the same goals. Why not save time and travel distance at work, so that you can spend more time with family and friends. Reduce or eliminate overtime, by working more efficiently. As Margaret Thatcher said, “Plan your work for today and everyday, then work your plan.”
Think about it. Oh, and Merry Christmas!