An efficiency expert was delivering a seminar on time management for a company’s junior executives. He concluded the session with a disclaimer: “Don’t attempt these task-organizing tips at home,” he said.

“Why not?” he was asked.

“Well, I did a study of my wife’s routine of fixing breakfast,” he replied, a little embarrassed. “I noticed she made a lot of trips between the refrigerator and the stove, the table and the cabinets, each time carrying only one item. So I asked her, ‘Honey, I notice that you make a lot of trips back and forth carrying one item at a time. If you would try carrying several things at once you would be much more efficient.'”

He paused.

“Did that save time?” one of the executives asked.

“Actually, yes,” the expert answered, “It used to take her twenty minutes to fix my breakfast. Now I get my own in seven minutes.”

4 thoughts on “Efficiency!”

  1. I just got this in from Bob Preston for your reading enjoyment


    One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Johnny was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly,

    “Good morning son.”

    “Good morning pastor” replied the young man, focused on the plaque. “Sir, what is this?” Johnny asked.

    “Well son, these are all the people who have died in the service,” replied the pastor.

    Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Johnny’s voice barely broke the silence when he asked quietly, “Which one sir, the 8:30 or the 10:30 service?”
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  2. This came in from Ron Link

    Renee and I both got a laugh out of the “Efficiency!” story, but she concluded by saying that this story wouldn’t happen with a real woman.

    A real woman never carries just one item at a time.

    A real woman is a master of multi-tasking.

    A real woman has way too many things to accomplish each day to simply carry one item at a time.

    Renee doesn’t just fix breakfast. She will not only be cooking, but she will be on the phone or texting our daughters with words of encouragement and wisdom, checking her e-mail, planning her next class to teach, feeding the cat, giving Blanca the anti-social Chihuahua something to eat, (she actually cooks things for that little dog!), fixing her hair and make-up, and straightening things up around the house.

    And I, the “efficiency oriented” man, sit there struggling to try to complete just one thing at a time.

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