I didn’t mean to shout at you in the title of this post…but I did intend great emphasis on EVERYTHING. Whenever we start a new project, the first thing we have to do is to estimate how much time, energy, and expense will be consumed by the project. Over the years, I have discovered that EVERYTHING takes longer than I think.
I recently agreed to have my team upload some new documents to one of our websites. I knew that we would have to merge and edit several versions…but it just didn’t seem like it would be a big deal. I estimated about 40 man-hours of work would be spread over the next calendar month.
Now, 3 months later, 4 people have invested about 120 man-hours into the project. It has been an unbelievable surprise to everyone on the team. But, it was my reminder that EVERYTHING is harder than I think.
Here is the key thought: If EVERYTHING is harder…takes longer…and costs more than I think…then it is crazy important to prioritize and align those precious hours we spend at work. Stop wasting time on anything that doesn’t serve the overall good of the organization. Relentlessly ask “Is this important?” of everything you do.
You’re going to need those hours for the important stuff!
Thanks for listening.