My Subconscious: “Yeah yeah yeah. Document everything. Organize so people can find what they need…without needing your help. Yada yada yada.”
It wasn’t until I went to a friend’s wedding in India that I really “got” the bus analogy. I was the only person who could process payroll. So guess what I took with me on vacation?
Taking my boss’ words to heart required a mindset shift.
You see, I believed being indispensable was the key to job security (a former manager actually told me this / operated this way). So, in future jobs, I set out to be the only person who knew how to do certain things.
The flip-side is it hampers your promotability. Or makes it hard for others to help you (you’re already busy, so it’s easier to continue to do it yourself rather than make the time to train someone).
In short, being indispensable sounds good in theory but sucks in practice. No matter your situation (single or partnered), the location (work or home), or the medium (physical or digital organizing), you can untangle your life…with ease.
Gone are the days of struggling to find things. I always begin with Scouting, making a plan for how your stuff is to be organized that makes logical sense to you/your team. I also believe in the one place, one system philosophy.
Organize within the limits of your space. There’s no forcing more into already tight spaces. Or trying to store things in more than one place. Or cramming your designated storage space past its capacity. Save room for growth and donate the excess.
Even the most logical plans are likely to have exceptions that were overlooked/unexpected in the Scouting stage. If an established system seems to always have exceptions – or multiple interpretations – it’s time to rethink the system.
I believe in regularly reviewing how things are done to see if they continue to make sense. If you find bottlenecks in your systems – especially if you’re the bottleneck – we’ll tweak what you do until it feels just right.
If you hate doing something, we’ll figure out why. Then we’ll do our best to eliminate it or make it less painful. Whatever your situation, we’ll tackle it first…and keep the momentum going.