When it comes to your workday, it’s often filled with two types of work:
- Things that keep you busy
- Things that are productive
I was recently talking to someone that had brought in a consultant to help them streamline their manufacturing, and he dropped a great quote on me. Their goal was to become more “lean”, and he described it like this:
Lean gets rid of busy and leaves productive
The more lean you can make your team (and yourself), the less busywork you’ll find yourself doing and instead you’ll have more time to actually do productive work.
Busy can feel appealing at times, because it seems like you’re getting a lot done, but we all know that true productivity is something different. Work to be more lean, drop as much “busy” as you can, and leave the “productive” in your schedule.