The Secret to Efficiency
I’m currently working as a summer intern at a large company in Chicago. Part of my responsibilities include filing at the end of each day in order to prevent an excess of paper around the office. At the beginning of the summer, I found myself staying at work later and later in the day because I would make so many mistakes in marking the documents for filing. I’d spend half of my time using correction fluid on my errors, waiting for it to dry, and then finally marking the documents correctly. I scolded myself repeatedly for making mistakes while doing such a simple task. About a week ago as I drove to work, I listened to The Secret audiobook on my iPod. It’s teachings reminded me to start simple, and that your actions can affect your life as well as your thinking. When the end of that day rolled around, I sat down to begin marking the documents for filing. I was shocked to finally realize that the reason that something so simple was going wrong was because of my actions. As I sat down each day, I would place the correction fluid on my desk fully expecting to make errors. I never realized that a mistake during a task as easy as filing documents would help me to realize what I was communicating as my desires to the universe. Now when I begin my filing duties at the end of each day, my correction fluid is inconveniently located at the back of the bottom drawer of my desk. Just by eliminating my thoughts and actions that caused me to make more errors, I’ve saved about 30 minutes each day.