Layering Projects

When working to develop a new skill or improve your performance at a certain task, a given task comma it is often approached in isolation. However there are many opportunities to incorporate that practice into your daily routine if you will just be if you will just keep your eyes open for them.

For example, you can develop your writing skills while while doing the day-to-day writing that you might normally do at home or at work. You can practice your negotiation and active listening skills during your day-to-day conversations with people. And you can improve your handwriting while jotting down your shopping list.

The key is to recognize these opportunities then layer these complementary projects on top of one another.

Project Layering

The first step is to identify what skills you would like to develop or acquire, that are going to be meaningful enough for you that you will be able to work on them consistently. Next, you’ll examine your daily workflow to identify points where you can easily incorporate this practice.

It doesn’t need to be a new skill either.  An area that I myself am applying this is when using my company’s new CRM program.  I’m not going to lie; it’s confusing.  I liked the old system better (does that make me sound crotchety?) But the new system is here to stay and I can get onboard and learn it or get rolled over.  But I don’t try to learn it all at once; rather I work to improve every time I use it.  I stay mindful of the fact that while I’m completing my time-sheet or setting up a project, that I am also working to improve my knowledge of the system.

There are many inflection points during your day where this applies.  Writing a grocery list is a great chance to improve your handwriting.  Calculate tips in your head to work on your math.  Work on your posture while sitting at your desk.

You can see in these examples that the Common Thread is a desire to improve then finding a way to incorporate this into the daily routine so as not to have to make more free time available in order to work on these skills.

This is an excellent strategy that will help you excel at your work. If you can find a way to turn every tasks that you complete into an opportunity for Learning and Development you’ll eventually end up miles ahead of the competition. Whether this takes the form of gaining additional technical proficiency at something, or better utilizing and understanding the various software packages and company processes that you use, this learning will be invaluable.

The key is mindfulness while completing jobs, not just going through the motions, but to complete them to the you’re the best of your ability and to learn something new while doing so. Think of everything you do as practice then, like practice, you’ll work to get incrementally better each time. And rather than just completing the task at hand, you’ll be completing two with minimal additional effort required. This is the secret to getting more done in less time.

Is Project layering something that you’ve tried before? If so what skills or projects did you layer? And if not, what skills can you see yourself attempting this on?

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