I’ve gotten into the (good) habit of checking LinkedIn a couple of times a day. I do a quick scan of my profile, groups and the headline news.
It doesn’t take me but a minute (as my southern friends say), and I generally glean something useful from it. Time well spent.
This week, a post by marketer and entrepreneur Bruce Kasanoff caught my eye – and, by the high number of likes (1.4k+) and comments (375+) the blog is generating, it’s clearly hit a chord with fellow LinkedIn members.
In the post, A Highly Effective Way to Avoid Wasting Your Time, Kasanoff shares a very simple method for identifying and eliminating patterns of unproductive behavior and activities from our days. It’s called the “Repeat Test.” It ain’t rocket science, but I definitely think Kasanoff is on to something.
For more than a year, Stephen Manley and I have been writing, blogging and talking about the new relevance of backup in today’s services-oriented organization and how “time to” will become an increasingly important metric going forward – not just of IT performance but also overall business success.
The problem is, many of you are still “stuck in the muck” of traditional backup, and with no clear path for becoming un-stuck, determing, let alone taking, the next step is problematic, to the say the least.
This is where the Repeat Test comes in.
It boils down to having your backup, applications and storage teams (remember, backup is an IT-wide concern so it should be a cross-functional activity) keep a daily log . At the top of each hour, have them write down any activities they performed in the previous hour that weren’t a good use of time. Repeat this daily until the log consists of just a couple of entries.
In doing this simple exercise, patterns of inefficient behavior are sure to emerge, which can be addressed department- or business-wide. You’ll then be ready to think about “time to.”
For more information about the Repeat Test or to read Kasanoff’s post in its entirety, click here. Also, additional resources can be found on www.emc.com/backupleader and at EMC World 2013, May 6-9, in Vegas. Hope to see you there!