all too often we just concentrate on the next big thing to make us more productive perhaps it is the latest app or maybe a new methodology or system we are constantly striving to find that killer thing that will make a huge difference to it all we will then have conquered it at last in all of these things it is easy to overlook the small stuff it is actually the small stuff that can make the biggest difference to make the point I thought I would start this post without punctuation after all it is only minor detail and it does not even appear in the alphabet so clearly can’t be that important and yet having these punctuation makes such a difference
- Take a deep breath
We are going at 100mph and some times we just need to stop. Take a moment to pause, and I don’t mean reflect on the things you have yet to do. Decouple from life for just a moment
- Write down the things you do
So we all have our little systems. Over time we have tweaked them perhaps but all in all it is the things we do on a daily basis. Write them down – nothing elaborate, just list them. It is important to reflect on the things we do and listing them will help us to do just that.
- Chisel the sharp edges
This is the important step. For the items written down, analyse them. What works and what does not. Although it is good to reflect on the former as it gives us a sense of self-worth, it is the latter we are more interested in. For the things that do not work, ask yourself why not. It may be that the event happens at the wrong time, in the wrong place, before or after another event and so breaks the flow, in the wrong order, with the wrong amount of effort or whatever. The point is to start chiselling and knock of those sharp edges. Look at the small stuff and find improvements. Perfect what you have before you look for other big gains. These gains are already in your capacity but are not always obvious.