The publication “Ideologica” published a translation of the notes of the blogger Charles Chu about how the famous management theorist Peter Druckers help to organize the workflow. Many consider Peter Drucker the most influential thinker in the history of management. Its great if youre a Manager.
But what if it is not. What if you are a freelancer, office worker or just a hermit living in the woods. Can Drucker be useful to you?. Do not even hesitate.
There is one thing that everyone should be able to run. It is very close to us is ourselves. For the Drucker self-organization starts with time.
In “Encyclopedia of management” — a brilliant introduction to the many works of Drucker (over 30 books) — theres a whole Chapter on his method of time management. I have resorted to this method from time to time. Using it I achieve animal performance, giving 7-8 hours of quality work per day. When I dont use this method, Im working 2-3 hours — no better than the average American.
Consider the method of Drucker. I have a friend who constantly gushes ideas for startups. Every few weeks he sends me an enthusiastic message that looks like this:
PRIVEEET CHUVAAAK. I have an AMAZING idea. No one had not thought of. The market is not efficient. All I need to do is use it and BAM !!!
This is the new Facebook! Yeah, dude. You did it.
Five years later, Facebook still has no competitors. And this my friend is still teaching English. What went wrong?.
Well, a lot. But according to Drucker, the most obvious mistake is that he starts in the wrong place: Effective knowledge workers, in my observation, do not start with their tasks. They begin with their time.
I often see it. People are complicated diet plans, business or world travels, and nothing happens. This is a pleasant fantasy. If you want to get results instead of fantasy, you need to take the first step — to act.
And the actions begin with work on time management. Druckers method can be divided into three stages. The first step is to understand.
If you are like me, you probably read the “record time” and thought something like. “Pfft. Are you kidding me. Im me.
I live my life, so I know where my time is. Why bother to follow him?”. And here and there. According to Drucker, the human brain is unreliable:
A person is not able to manage your time. Even in complete darkness most people retains the feeling of space. But a few hours in a locked room even when the light makes most people unable to appreciate how much time has passed. [..] If we hope his memory, so we dont know how much.
The only way to know for sure is to keep track of the time at the moment. There are countless ways to do this. A particular method in which is this entry, we are not interested in. The main thing that it was made and that the record was made in “real” time.
No matter how you do it. Just do. Here are some ways that you can try:
Personally, I track on paper and record everything into a spreadsheet at the end of the day. Drucker recommends that you do this for three to four weeks. I think thats enough for one. In any case, record and..
The next step will be the analysis of the records. Nobody uses the time perfectly, says Drucker. “Ive never met the employee, regardless of rank or position, which could waste about a quarter of his time so that nobody even noticed”.
The purpose of this step is to find out where time is wasted. To understand this, Drucker advised to ask themselves two questions. The first question. “What happens if it does not do?” And if the answer.
“nothing will happen”, then, obviously, is to stop doing it. Its pretty simple. If you think that something can be useless, stop doing it and see what happens. The second question.
“What action someone else can do better?” Here I slowed down. I used to think that I can do something better than anyone else. Even if it were true (which it is not), it is not important. The fact that I do some things better, some worse.
It makes sense to delegate, outsource and automate what I dont like to have more time to devote to doing what I Excel at. Heres what you can try: The second step was to search for the lost time and its elimination.
But there is another way to manage time. You can reorganize. A fragment of time lasting for one hour is not the same as ten blocks in six minutes. For creative work high level requires about two hours of attention.
If you always interrupt meetings (or children), no real work will be. Drucker encourages us to “block” at least a quarter of the day to do a solitary, focused work. And this, according to him, is usually enough to do the important things. But if your work is very creative (writing, etc.), you may have to block a lot more.
Try to do these three things for several weeks. To me they brought impressive results. But there is one caveat.
Its not something that needs to be done only once in a lifetime. According to Druker, without regular attention, everything goes back to normal, and many managers keep a diary for three to four weeks twice a year or so. And when you deal with time, think about how to read the “Encyclopedia of management”.
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