|Early demonstration of efficiency technique. Photo courtesy Flickr|
Would you like to have an assistant who’s on call 24/7, works for nothing, and makes no demands? You do. The assistant is called a brain, and the discipline is called Taylorism, after Henry Ford's advisor Frederick Taylor.
Checking the weather last week, my eye fell on a neighbor loading food into the back of his car. In an early morning personal fog, he worked five times harder and longer than necessary to transfer the contents of a carry-all into a cooler.
Efficiency is an area that rewards being lazy and selfish. Set up a task close to your navel, so you don’t have to stretch, bend to one side, or stoop to work. The principle is to keep your balance so that you can protect your good judgement.
Be your own supervisor. The neighbor had set a bag of groceries two feet off to the side of the rear deck of his car. He allowed the open lid of the cooler on the deck in the rear to stand between him and the destined contents. Each can and jar was passed across a four-foot void with a couple of side steps and a back-risking twisted lean. All the while, the deck to the right of the cooler was empty.
Once you learn to work efficiently, you can monitor your form and step back from a task when it starts to deteriorate, getting far more done in the long run.