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Increasing Productivity by Slowing Down

Increasing productivity by slowing downA common misconception is that working faster increases productivity. The reality is, you increase productivity by working smarter. That often means taking things more slowly.

For example, you’re a contractor about to leave on a job that’s 30 miles away. You grab the job order and head out the door. Soon after you arrive, you realize you need the company’s infra-red camera, which wasn’t packed in your gangbox. Now you must make a 60-mile roundtrip or have someone bring that camera to you.

An alternative scenario is that you had the necessary spools of wire in your truck, but someone took them for another job; too bad you didn’t check that before leaving.

The solution? Create a basic checklist form that you can modify for each job while reviewing the job order. Talk with the customer before considering the list complete. Then go over the “pre-flight checklist” before leaving.

A similar concept applies to maintenance. Do you grab your screwdriver and rush to a downtime call, only to have to make a trip to the shop and back? Or do you take the time to roll out a downtime cart after stocking it up with the manuals, tools, and test equipment typically needed for that particular machine? You may arrive a few minutes later, but you won’t waste time walking back and forth.

Also note that working frantically is how you make “do over” mistakes. Work methodically, instead. Eliminate wasteful steps, but don’t rush the good ones.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection