5S The Mess? There's Talent Involved
Jim Stroup's Captain of Your Own Fate post actually prompted this one. He has a clear and simple take on how executives really decide to allocate their time.
How do you allocate yours? Do you ever find it difficult?
One of my client companies is very committed to the 5S approach to organizing and ordering every workplace area. The system is crystal clear and has discreet steps that would seem easy for anyone to follow.
Not everyone finds it easy. The reason:
1. Time and Priorities. This is an innate tendency toward ordering one's own schedule to reflect what is the most important task at any given time and how long it will take. It does not automatically include the ability to order time and priorities for other people.
2. Order of Your Space. We all pretty much know whether this is a strong suit or whether we need to wrestle with it throughout life. People with this talent almost effortlessly maintain things in their proper place and even sense the most efficient positioning of physical items for easy retrieval. (This is not a gift with which I have been blessed. I actually have a 5S booklet that I follow to keep my space as organized as possible).
What is fascinating is this: It's possible to have a lot of #1 and almost none of #2 and vice-versa.
Your ability or inclination to prioritize and order your life and your space is a big deal. People (often incorrectly) make assumptions about your other abilities based on these. My online friend Dr. Peter Vajda often reminds me that focusing only on strengths can get in the way of truly growing.
These two areas of life are so visible and have so many related implications, I'd suggest: "If you ain't got 'em, work at 'em."