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I was standing in front of a popular burger chain and observed how the kitchen staff prepared the burgers. First, a slice of bun, then the patty, then the seasoning and another slice of bun.
It would not make sense to change the order. This is the established process being consistently followed by different burger chains across the globe to create burgers using exactly the same ingredients in exactly the same way. Imagine if the kitchen staff were given the flexibility to alter the steps and the ingredients as they liked. What scenario could happen? A big chaos!
Similarly, people, especially the successful ones, have morning routines. They have a series of habits set up when they rise and get ready for office. For example, a routine of exercise or meditate-shower-breakfast-dress-drive. The same applies when you provide structure to your day, go on autopilot to accomplish different tasks and achieve your goals.
Everything in this universe operates under a certain order like an oiled machine. Everything follows a defined process or sequence to produce an outcome. There are a lot of things you cannot change such as the stages of a child’s development, or the order of seasons.
However, the wrenching fact is that people skip fundamental but less demanding or less exciting steps on their journey to pursuing their goals, say coming in on time, consistent time management, taking down notes of mistakes, or self-development.
Remember, stepping out of the order is ultimately frustrating and futile. The golden advice is to follow the right process and never look for shortcuts as you move forward to achieve your goals. Otherwise, there will be chances that you will give up on the way and become nomadic in search of success.
• Provide structure to your day from home to office to home
• Free yourself from small decisions that could slow you down
• The path to success, though paved with trials, follows an order
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company