I will not be the bottleneck.

June 12th, 2013

bottleneckThat’s my new mantra.

Yesterday one of my coworkers said, with a smile on his face, “I will never be the bottleneck.” He prides himself on working fast — and he doesn’t want the pressure of people waiting on him.

I get where he’s coming from, and I’ve been working hard in the same vein today.

When you’re committed to not being the bottleneck, you keep clearing things. You shorten your to-do list. You find anything that’s stuck and dislodge it — now, not later.

I’m a big fan of “master algorithms” that automatically imply other good habits. For me, “I will not be the bottleneck” invokes several other classic principles of good personal organization:

  • Track everything in one place. (If you’re going to avoid becoming the bottleneck, you can’t waste time keeping to-do’s in several places.)
  • Keep your inbox clear
  • Only handle it once.
  • No inventory.
  • . . .

So far, so good.

Are you a bottleneck sometimes? What do you do to keep that from happening?

Image source.

Leave a Reply