“Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough, and I can move anything.” – Greek mathematician Archimedes
That’s working smarter – that’s quality activity!
Let’s apply this concept to a modern-day project. Imagine this scenario, you must move a heavy piece of old furniture out of your garage and to the curb. You have options – work hard or work smart!
One scenario, working hard, would be to solicit a group of friends/family to tackle this project with you. This would entail having to select and contact multiple people, coordinate a date and time among their varying schedules, and (if you are a good friend) providing some adult beverages afterward for their effort. This is a perfectly viable option that will provide the desired result, yet it requires a lot of steps.
Another scenario, working smart, call that one friend or family member who owns a dolly and ask to borrow it. Then you can do the job yourself and save those coveted adult beverages for the remainder of the weekend. Another option producing the same result but this one demands far less time, energy, and effort – and keeps the fridge well stocked for the weekend.
Admittedly parts of every job will have tasks we can’t just eliminate. Still, most jobs do have parts we can combine, delegate, or remove. Ask yourself, “What existing activities of little value should we eliminate? What existing activities of high value should we increase? What new activities of high value should we create?”
Reflect on the questions posed above then take action!
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