Find an easier way

Photo courtesy of LexnGer (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of LexnGer (Creative Commons)

I just caught myself doing something really silly this week. There’s a particular task I do at work that is tedious and time-consuming. But instead of taking some time to discover a quicker solution, I found myself thinking, “I don’t have time to stop and figure out a quicker way, I just need to get this done.”

How dumb is that?

I don’t have time to stop and figure out a better way, but I have time to keep doing it the old, time-consuming way?

That’s crazy talk!

Once it finally dawned on me how much time I was wasting, I took a few minutes to think through a solution to the problem – LITERALLY A FEW MINUTES! I ran it by the other people affected and they agreed it was a satisfactory way to do it. Done.

Now I can focus on the other work that I need to be doing, and spending much less time and energy on this task. Plus I’m looking at all tasks I do on a regular basis to see how I can streamline. I might even find time to relax in there somewhere!

What tedious tasks can you streamline to make time for more important things?