Are you looking for ways to get more done without working longer hours?
What if you could multiply one hour of work into 10, 100 or even 1,000 or more?
If you’ve ever read a blog (since you’re reading this I think it’s safe to assume you have), or read a book, or watched a video you’ve experienced the multiplication of one or several hours of work into hundreds or thousands of hours of enjoyment.
Blogs, books and videos are some examples of scalable work.
Work is scalable if, once you’ve created it, someone or many people can use it many times without you investing any more of your time. For example, I’ve invested an hour in this post, but it could be read by 1, 10, 100 or 1,000 or more people and I wouldn’t have to invest another minute.
If you’re driving change, or just trying to tell people about the upcoming Career Fair, I’m guessing you have more people to win over than time to do it. You need scalable solutions.
How do you find them?
For starters: look for things you’re doing in person that would work well on video, on a blog or in a podcast instead.
What’s your most limited resource?
Are you recycling the limited resource’s time through the same old thing (e.g, bringing class after class to hear the expert trainer only when the expert trainer is available)?
Or are you leveraging the limited resource’s time (e.g., taping their training) and multiplying their impact (e.g., playing the video alone or pairing the video with a more available trainer leading discussion)?
Could you post a podcast of an important message instead of asking every manager to repeat it?
Could you start a blog or social networking site to reach more people than you usually run into in the hallways in a day?
Should you write a book, an article, an e-mail for mass forwarding?
You can make some things scalable, so put your effort into scaling them and take them as big as they will go. When you’ve got limited time and lots to do, why not try?
Look below the fold for the scalable solution I tried and how well it worked.