“As to the third cause for slow work…results from the substitution of scientific for rule of thumb methods in even the smallest details of the work of every trade.” Taylor’s third reason for why people work slowly sums up the majority of his ideals best. He preaches efficiency. Removing the smallest most unnecessary movements will after awhile lead to a huge increase of production and time saved. It’s an excellent idea that can be applied to day-to-day living.
Taylor’s principles of scientific management are employed in elements of my life, if not at every instance. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy slacking off, sleeping in and getting drunk as much, probably more, then the next guy, but when it comes down to accomplishing a goal, I put these things aside and focus on the task at hand. For matters of simplicity I will use the writing of this paper as an example of how I employ Taylorism on the microscale. I will attempt to write this paper as efficiently with as little unnecessary distractions as possible.
If I want to get this paper done in a timely period I must isolate myself, as I tend to be easily distracted. So the first step in the creative process must be closing my door. It is now 3:15. Getting up I realize I am a little parched. Pause for glass of water… it is now 3:30. Just there I wasted 15 minutes of frivolous time playing Call Of Duty, on my way back from the fridge. Ok so now the door is closed and I am resolute in my desires. Soldiering aside I begin to write the introduction. Pause for a phone call…it is now 5:48. After a brief stop at Five Guys and a stop at the beer distributor, I am ready to begin the process of writing this paper, with my cell phone turned off and my door shut.
Now it’s always good to find secondary sources to see how other people may apply Taylorism to their daily lives. I open the web browser…it is now 6:10. New friends on Facebook had to be attended to, not to mention pictures tagged from Sunday night. Well with that out of the way and some secondary resources in mind, I’m ready to begin writing this paper in earnest with my Ethernet cable unplugged, my cell phone off and my door closed. Now truly isolated from everyone the introduction is really moving along in Tayloresk efficiency and machine like fluidity. Ding I have an AIM…it is now 6:30. A friend from home had some interesting input for how I could apply some of Taylor’s principles, and what I should do this weekend. Better informed I’m now really going to get into the thick of it, with my wireless card turned off, Ethernet cable unplugged, cell phone off, and door closed. It is now 6:42.
So what was supposed to be a 500+ word paper and should have only taken a relatively short time to write has in effect taken almost 4 hours to even begin. Clearly efficiency isn’t my strongest suit when it comes to writing papers. In this age of modern technology Taylor’s principles of production can be fully realized. With actual machines to do the work as efficiently as mathematically possible, computers to calculate the best and most cost effective methods of production, and engineers and computer scientists that are trained to think about efficiency first. When it comes to the personal level however all the fruits of their labor, computers, video games, cell phones, all act to distract and really corrupt any attempt at efficiency in my daily life. There are just to many distractions for Taylorism to be realized in my life.