Are you a light-weight worker?

May 15, 2010 at 4:43 am Leave a comment

It’s often easy for us to add more process or paperwork to our jobs when things don’t go perfectly.  We figure if we can just put one more control in place things will go smoothly in the future.  But does it really help?  Some amount of process is necessary of course, just as there are necessities in all aspects of our lives.  As a backpacker do you really need a fifty pound pack?  Long distance hikers get ruthless about removing weight from their packs.  I tend to like new tools for my job, but are they really adding productivity or just adding to the psychic weight and stress of the job?  For example, TFS can support very sophisticated software release procedures, but should we implement all the features it has just because they are there?  Obviously not.

“Society perceives the owner of a big house which can hold more possessions as more successful, when in fact he may be held in bondage by high house payments, taxes, utilities, repair costs, and a general lack of freedom.” – Larry McDuff

Here’s an exercise to help you simplify:  keep a record of all the things you do at work for the next two weeks.  Then go thru the list and see what is absolutely necessary.  Eliminate all other activities.  You just might get back a few more hours every week.

“All we need to know is that it’s possible.” – Keith “Wolf”

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