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Paul Foster, CPA, CA is the Founder and CEO of The Business Therapist®, an online resource, coach, and advisor for personal and business growth. Using first-hand client knowledge from over 30 years of experience, Paul provides tools and resources for small business owners, business coaching and advice, and entrepreneur mentoring. In 2010, Paul was recognized by his peers as the RANONE North American Advisor of the Year.
In 2011, Paul sold his accounting firm to focus his energy in the small business advisory field.
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This expression has stayed in my mind for years and these 6 little words have really helped me be more productive at work.
I had an employer who would write notes of tasks to completed during the workday that were often neglected; mostly because the little jobs weren’t ‘easy’ or ‘fun’ (think toilets!). My boss would bold, underline and highlight these jobs in attempt to get our attention, to no avail. Then along came ‘This is a Five Minute Job!’ – also in bold, underlined and highlighted.
For some reason this made me realize that indeed, these terrible tasks only take a few minutes to complete. It took more effort, time and thought for me to avoid the chore than it did for me to actually do it.
I have carried this phrase with me and I use it everyday when I’m thinking of a reason to not do something (we all do that, right?). Even if the dreaded job is longer than 5 minutes, I can approach it more realistically knowing the task is not my life sentence and I’ll feel accomplished when I’m done.
I’m done… and it only took 6 minutes!
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I stumbled upon a great tool last week. It’s called a kanban board. The ‘kanban’ concepts have Japanese roots and were developed for managing workflow in manufacturing projects.
Two key concepts are 1) it is a visual representation of the project or projects and 2) it requires you to limit the current capacity for work in progress – i.e. limit the current number of things you are working on.
Consistent with the philosophies of David Allen, in his best-selling book, Getting Things Done, the tool has a place to dump all your ‘to-do’s’ into a secure place and out of your head. Just by removing the large amount of tasks that hang around in your conscious or subconscious mind, you can relieve your stress of being overwhelmed.
Although the capacity restrictions were originally defined by the specific capabilities of a particular machine on the plant floor, it seems to apply fairly well to people also!
When each person only works on the number of tasks they are actually capable of completing, productivity improves and they enjoy the pleasure of placing a high percentage of tasks in the final segment of the kanban board – “DONE”.
As with most things these days, all you really need to do is type “kanban board” into your browser and the all the knowledge and offers for kanban products including digital kanban boards, just show up on your screen.