With my background in industrial engineering, my core is optimization. So I’ve been fascinated with the recent popularity of “life-hacking,” which is really just optimizing your time.
- How few minutes can you exercise (20? 7? 1?) and still receive health benefits?
- How little time can you spend acquiring food (Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, …) and still eat healthy meals?
- What’s the quickest way to improve your immune system (immersion in cold water, ingesting turmeric, …) ?
- and many, many more.
But what about our work lives? How do we optimize there?
In fact, we are always optimizing. All of our decisions, our conflict resolutions, our schedules…they are all based on our perceived optimization of our lives.
But here’s the thing…
We have blind spots. We don’t know what we don’t know. So what looks optimal, well, that’s only optimal for the conditions that you’ve considered. And you can only consider conditions that are in your awareness.
This is why the hard work of teaming is so important. Why coaching is important. To get viewpoints outside of your own bubble. To understand other constraints, other best practices, other possibilities.
So that you can better optimize your life.
Karen Walker, One Team Consulting
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