The Real Benefit of a Process


What You Are Doing

Edwards Deming said:

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.

As a systems consultant, I understand this perfectly.

Documenting what you are doing in the form of a process has its benefits. But its not what you think.

Document As A Process

I have previously written about the process of putting up a post. I have also written about managing your process for turning ideas into value.

Apart from the benefits of describing (or documenting) what you do as a process, the real benefit is this:

Minimizing The Resistance

What I am talking about here is what David Allen calls, “Put It in Front of the Door” trick.

For instance, you want to make sure you remember to bring a specific item with you tomorrow. So, the night before, you place that item, literally, in front of the door.

So that when you are leaving the house tomorrow, you’d see that item in front of the door and hence you will remember to bring it with you.

In this instance, I want to make progress on my projects. However, if my list of tasks seem to require a large amount of work, then it is very likely I will procrastinate.

By breaking it down into small, manageable steps, I am minimizing the resistance to get up and do the work.

Your Turn…

Action: now, take a look at the tasks for a project you want to work on.

Take a moment and determine what is the process that will enable you to complete that task.