In life, we all fall in line.
When we go to the grocery store, when we pay our bills, when we fill our gas tank, when we go to the bank, when we go to the cafeteria, and even when we go to the rest rooms.
If there is a crowd and the place couldn’t accommodate everyone at the same time, falling in line is the only option to address this.
Falling in line assures everyone gets equal treatment. No matter what our status in life is, we fall in line. First come, first served, everybody waits for their turn.
Exceptions do happen eventually. We give exceptions to senior citizens and to people who are disabled. And in certain occasions we give exceptions to certain noteworthy people. They don’t fall in line but instead we allow them to be ahead of the line.
There is a philosophy behind this co called “falling in line.” Subtle it may seem but there is a great lesson to be learned from this philosophy. The philosophy of treating every task that comes in our way equally.
Everyday we encounter various tasks. These tasks can come from work, business, school, community and home.
We are overwhelmed with our everyday tasks. And here, we can apply the lesson of “falling in line.” If we complete our tasks chronologically from what was given first to what was given last, just like falling in line, we will double our productivity.
In order to improve productivity, we must not choose what goes first or what goes last. We must not choose what is fun, what is tedious and what is mundane. As soon as a new task is delegated to us, no matter how interesting and fun it is, we place it at the back of the line and let it sit there and wait for its turn.
We complete first what’s on top and move down to the next. One by one, we finish each task without deciding or choosing who comes next. Whether the task is fun, boring, tedious, mundane, dull, or lifeless, when it’s time for it to get its turn, we work on them first.
But just like in life, there will also be exceptions. A sudden request for report that is needed in the next hour, an assignment that must be finished asap or an emergency that needs to be addressed immediately, like a leak in your sink in the middle of the night. These tasks must be completed first.
Some people I know only work on the things that they find it fun and easy to do. They procrastinate on doing the things they find it boring, even if those tasks have priority over the ones that they choose to do. And things would get even worse if they totally forgot about it.
And when the deadline comes, they rush, and try to beat the deadline. In return, they make mistakes and at times make costly error. And because of this, the job is poorly done.
So, no matter how mundane and boring a task is, when it’s time for it to get served, serve it. Develop a habit for it.
Following this philosophy will assure you that there will be no forgotten tasks and eventually you will have a consistent increase in output and productivity.