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Scatter your workload…actually and not literally

Since the dawn of (business) time, there has been a push on efficiency, and rightly so. Improved efficiency leads to higher productivity. As a businessman of more than 35 years you won’t get an argument from me about that
Lean Thinking was one of these efficiency processes. It was about having everything at your fingertips, being able to move from left to right is a systematic approach, and have things labeled so you could find them faster, as examples
Unfortunately, it’s not until we implement these ideas, that we find there is a down side. This can leads to sedentary behavior, fatigue, and decreased productivity. We need a balance. What can we do to provide efficiency, but stop people sitting for prolonged periods of time. The answer could be to scatter things around the office so that people have to move
Here are 5 simple ways to scatter your workload
1. Place the printer in a remote location. Often when we print something it is at the end of an activity, so this provides a break between one project and another
2. Place mobile phones in a remote location. This has a dual effect of not having distractions as we work, along with having a clear delineation between office, and out of office calls
3. Implement a “no eating at your desk” policy. I’ve covered this in an earlier blog, but in this case, it’s all about getting up and moving, rather than food appreciation
4. Have a “no internal emails” day. The same with this one as above, but really about moving the legs and body, and building relationships. Remember that “motion creates emotion”
5. Have a coffee break. If you can, go to a local coffee shop outside of the building. This adds the extra element of getting some fresh air

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