A Lesson in Productivity from Panera Bread
Changing your location is as important as the pace of the day. I try to seek out places where I can get in a half hour of work before going home for the day. Sometimes, it's a library but other times it's a coffee shop.
So what's so special about Panera? Besides the refills on coffee and the atmosphere, I saw a new sign that went up which reads: "Panera: Our Recipe". The company then lists their core offerings, including:
- Artisan bread
- All-natural chicken
- 0 grams of trans-fat
- A kids menu you'll feel good about
- Free wi-fi
- A never-ending passion for great food
So there I am, reading some materials and planning out the following week. Yet I'm drawn to these core values that Panera wants me to dwell on. I'm using their wi-fi. My coffee is on its second serving and it hits me- I'm benefiting from Panera's offerings and my work is the recipient.
So if you could list out your core values for productivity, what would they be? If you had to post a sign in your planner, your kitchen, or your Blackberry, what would it read? Here's mine:
- Preparation. I want to lead into my week by keeping my project list in-tact.
- Daily planning. I want to lay out my appointments and events on paper so nothing is missed.
- Meeting details. Nothing is worse than a poorly-run meeting. An agenda is key, getting everyone involved is a must and ending on time is respectful.
- Clear communication. Between the phone, email and written correspondence, my bases will be covered.
- A clean space. With a clean desk, I can do one thing at a time.
- Saving time. If I can do something faster, easier and in a more elegant way, I'm there.
So what would be your "top-6" in a personal productivity list?
(Photo by Lost in Scotland)