Productivity Principle 4: Process Management

demming1Productivity Principle 4…

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t know what you are doing” – Edward Demming

If you cant describe the activities that you must do as a sequence of steps, then you will never be able to operate with maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

Process Management means systematizing regular activities and repetitive projects.
For this we can use:

Process mapping or workflow diagrams

I’m sure wikipedia can do a perfectly good job of explaining this…

But my added contribution is to emphasize the great Edward Demmings point made above.

process-exampleThat is: if you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you do not know what you are doing!

Ouch.

Truth be told, we get by on far lower productivity levels than we could and would if only we had regular tasks locked-down into a process.

Learn how to build these maps. Get a decent software tool such as OmniGraffle for Mac, to capture your important and regular activities as streamlined processes.

And remember:

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t know what you are doing” – Edward Demming

🙂

Develop the habit of asking yourself:

Can I describe what I’m doing as a process?

Continue to Productivity Principles 3: Energy Renewal

See the list of all 8 Productivity Principles.

Gavriel Shaw
 

Gavriel is a coach and counselor for holistic life management, heart coherence, and authentic intimacy, using the combined modalities of mBIT (multi-brain integration technique), NLP (neuro linguistic programming), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), EFT (emotional freedom technique), somatic focusing, and more.

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