By Jon Miller | Post Date: June 11, 2007 11:15 PM | Comments: 1
Having a standard way of starting your day has been written about in many personal productivity books, blogs and promoted by self-improvement gurus. Yet why is this so hard? In one word, variation. In some ways it is personal standard work, the basis for kaizen, challenged by the lack of heijunka in life.
In a factory you can go to your visual board and have a quick shift start meeting, and your work for the day is more or less cut out for you. If you are a team leader or supervisor, you likewise have a routine, with interruptions.
The more routine the work, the easier to create this type of "standard work" for your day. The further away you go from non-routine work the harder this is. Even so, at the most basic level and limited to work only, you simply need to successfully answer these two questions to have a standard way of starting your day:
1) What is my work for the day?
And you are off to a good start. Once you finish the one thing, look for the next thing. And so on. Unless you are doing routine scheduled work, chances are the "next thing" will change through the day, so planning too far in advance may be a waste.
Consulting and training work can be fairly routine. The variation comes in people, situations, and the interesting things that happen when theory meets reality through experimentation. There is also jet lag, and the lack of control over personal time and space during extended travel, and the drop-in 5AM conference call that gets in the way of being able to keep up a standard way of starting your day, every day.
It's a struggle. Have you found an effective way to maintain a standard way of starting your day?Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.