Does anyone remember the size of a Big Mac meal at McDonalds say 15-20 years ago?? I do.
It was massive!! Does anyone remember your parent's old vacuum cleaner back in the day? (i.e. Hoover) It worked well for ages!!
Little Known Facts:
- Approximately 1/3 of the workforce perceives themselves as overworked. (Varies in country & region however the general consensus is we are now always connected and BUSY. It's no joke that the common introductory phrasing or 'meet and greet' in Western Australia is as follows. "How you going. Ya Busy?" To this end it's just the same as saying, "hello, how are you doing?" Unfortunately when the question is asked I have to ask myself... "hmm, am I busy?" YES!! : )
- E-mail Trauma: 22% are expected to respond to work e-mail when they're not at work. On a brighter note companies in Germany are now purposefully deleting e-mails sent and received via mobile over the weekend. The objective here is to protect the company and employees.
- 50% check work e-mail on the weekends.
- 60% check work e-mail on sick days.
- 77% of workers feel burned out while on the job.
- 85.8% of males and 66.5% of females work more than 40 hours a week.
How do we solve this issue?:
The first step in solving any issue is first recognising the "issue" in the first place. Working more than 40 hour work weeks is not normal. Checking e-mail while sick at home on the toilet is "NOT NORMAL". Expecting to return a voice mail call within 5 minutes of receiving it is "NOT NORMAL".
The second step in resolving the issue is working out a system to manage your time. We all know the importance of goal setting. We must also know the importance of goal alignment. You may have a goal to "run an hour every morning" however the placement of this goal compromises with your goal to "read an hour every morning". Pretty soon your time will run out and you'll have little to show for it. All have seen this time and time again, however most of us find it difficult to implement in our day to day hectic lives:
SMART Goals are - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
This forms the core for personal, organisational goal and task setting which if applied correctly will inherently resolve the resource issue, i.e. enough time will be allocated to achieve goals and targets set before you.
Let's now view a new system of task, goal and resource management in a workplace environment which attempts to solve the "busy bee" syndrome:
- Utlise a cloud based task / goal setting management system that allows all team members to see each others goals and targets day by day / week by week. www.asana.com
- Ensure to value your precious time and keep track honestly with focus. www.getharvest.com In Harvest you have the option to use the stop watch feature which I truly love! If you are working for a client and on a specific task to achieve an outcome isn't it good for your client to know that when you hit "start clock" you are focused on his / her task?? (You are less likely to switch or be detracted to other multi tasking ventures with this set-up. Note the beauty of Havest for us is it works with Asana.
- Harvest has another great tool called Forecast which allows your entire team an opportunity to see a visual breakdown of where time is forecasted to be spent. The red clearly shows we have overbooked someone and as such need to respond to the resource shortfall. https://www.getharvest.com/forecast
- 3 tools used seamlessly to simplify workflow and task management.
Welcome to the Modern Workforce where more is expected of you. Old rules still apply.
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!" - Benjamin Franklin