Workflow and Productivity
This article was originally published on LinkedIn by our Marketing & Client Relations Manager, Jo Clark.
In the world of busy-ness, overcomplicated processes, meetings that are not necessary and learning to ‘lean’ into how we are feeling. It is time for us to overhaul our way of doing and simplify it all.
I am writing this as I am cleaning out my house to make a move interstate and realised that in the short four years we have been living in our current house we have completely overcomplicated our way of living by overloading our house with things. Sound familiar? We overload our schedules, our applications, our processes all in the name of productivity, ahem, I mean finding fulfilment in what we are meant to be doing..
With the readings of Marie Kondo fresh in my mind, I went through a simple process of does this make me happy and what purpose does this serve me? One resounding question that kept on coming back to me was; do I need to keep carrying this around because I am not prepared to let go, what purpose does it serve me living in a box in a garage? The end result is liberating and I feel lighter and happier.
With that in mind I had to ask myself, does this apply to applications and processes within my workflow and the way I have learnt to do things. Having worked in marketing through the years of complete digital transformation where new and shining objects come out at the speed of bullets from my eight years old’s nerf gun, I ask myself; have I overloaded myself with processes and applications, by trying to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. Do I add un-necessary applications and processes to my workflow in what I feel will eventually help me because I have more ammunition in my back pocket?
Yes, and there are some things that just don’t serve as purposeful or help me achieve my goals within my current projects. Having won a Gold medal at the Olympics (Sydney, 2000, in Water Polo) I often go back to what was it that made me and my team successful. There are many factors, however, when relating it to productivity and processes. It is simple, we did everything we had to do and nothing we didn’t.
We did everything we had to do, and nothing we didn’t
Our processes (training) were structured and planned. There were times when we might have overstepped the time limits to work out a strategy, however, these conversations were important because they had a purpose. We most definitely had banter and a great time, we were focused and worked hard. We had vulnerability and courage, and we had an undeniable belief. What we didn’t do was try to do and be everything. Our training program consisted of swimming, weights, skills and tactical, pretty stock standard but the magic unfolded between the people and these processes.
What I am trying to get at is – we didn’t add in more just because it was available to do so. Our coach and staff were specific and blocked out time for each process in which they seamlessly integrated and worked together, this was our platform of connected processes and strategies. They ensured that the skills we learnt and honed in on were the necessary skills for (each individual and for the team) deployment time at the Olympics.
So how does this relate to the workflows of today and the digital overload and complicated-ness we are finding ourselves in?
Simple. It is simple is, as simple does. Meaning that we need to allocate time to the processes and applications that are necessary for our success/ productivity/ profit. We need to re-think our current applications and platforms and really ask ourselves if they are necessary or are they just clogging us up and weighing us down? We need to create platforms that have processes to get us to our next Gold medal, whatever arena you play in.
I imagine that if you really took a look at your workflow platform, individually and as a business, you might just find that there are some things you will find that just don’t give you joy. Let me be specific here, you will find things that cost you time and money. [Ends].
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