Eat That Frog! Part 8 of 9: Cleaning the Space and Getting At It
October 27, 2009 by Dr. Lam
Working at work rather than playing at work can help you get your work done so that you go home and have none to do. The more we are efficient at our work the less time we have to spend there. Even though I myself enjoy my work, I do not want to sit mindlessly at work for the sake of being there. In fact, my 5:30 pm yoga class compels me on most days to get out of the office on a timely basis. That habit has taught me the discipline of being more efficient at work so that I do not have to occupy my personal time at night with work activities. For example, if a patient does not show up or I have a few minutes at lunch hour, I will shoot a video on a topic that comes to my mind. I typically have the video shot, captured, edited, labeled, and uploaded by the time I am leaving my office. If not, I have 80 to 90% of that done so that all I have to do when I get home is hit a single button and leave my computer. Radical efficiency is everything.
How do we accomplish that? Well, first we need to clear the space in front of us and make sure everything is well organized for us to start work. Too often we have a cluttered work space or no work space at all. We are sitting right in the middle of office traffic so that we are prone to mindless conversations at work that only serve to undermine our productivity. Even a few interruptions can be enough to create a stoppage of work flow that can significantly undermine work efficiency. As we discussed, planning is everything. Having the right work space is one of the first steps in planning. However, if planning stalls progress, the other admonition of just starting should be recalled: a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Take that step.