Office Depot has just come to the conclusion that employees lose more than 15 minutes a day (or 2 hours per week), due to lack of organization.Ã‚Â Apparently 53% of employees operate in a “controlled chaos” environment.Ã‚Â Honestly, they’re lucky it’s controlled.Ã‚Â Most people only work in chaos.Ã‚Â
So naturally, Office Depot has come up with a 5-Day Office Makeover Plan, complete with productivity tips and store products you can buy to help augment this makeover.
While they manage to give some great tips, shouldn’t they just promote Getting Things Done? It seems to me that Office Depot is feeding off of the misnomer that people need to buy more stuff to get more done.Ã‚Â While a paper shredder is a fine piece of office equipment, does it really help cure our organization and productivity problems? Not a chance.Ã‚Â The problem is with the method, not the equipment.
If you have a psychological eating problem, Slim Fast can help you lose weight.Ã‚Â But you’ll just gain it back.Ã‚Â It’s the same principle. Productivity tools won’t ultimately solve your organizational problems.Ã‚Â They just help once you’ve gotten a system in place.
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