|Profitable Horseman Newsletter ||
August 27, 2010
| What Tradesmen Know About |
Getting More Done In Less Time
Have you ever watched an amateur start to paint a barn? It goes like
Raise ladder into position on barn siding
Return to garage to get forgotten screwdriver to
open paint can
3. Remove lid and return to garage to get rag to
wipe spilled paint on
side of can
4. Climb up ladder with full can of paint and brush
Climb down ladder with almost full can of paint to find hook
After climbing back up ladder and finding loose
paint, back down
to hang can on ladder
again to locate scraper and putty knife
You get the idea and perhaps have had the exact
experience. Lack of tools for a job
makes for a very long and unremarkable day at work.
Most likely you've watched people at work in various trades. They all carry their tools for the job in a
tool belt or at finger tip reach.
Electricians, roofers, and siding installers often work on ladders and
learned it's far easier to carry the common tools in a belt than make trip
after trip down and back up a ladder for forgotten tools.
Your farrier probably carries a hoof knife in
his apron and you can be sure his tools are positioned in a shoeing box less than an arm's length away. When you're bent over holding a heavy hoof in hand, happiness is efficiency to reduce wasted time and avoid unnecessary expenditure of energy.
Surprisingly, in jobs that aren't skilled trades, I often
see workers carrying only a few tools to help them through the day. Examples are: a construction laborer who
operates a wheel barrow for eight hours in light rain without the
benefit of a set of gloves or rain gear. Or an office worker who shows up for a meeting without a pen or
notepad. Or a salesperson who never has
a business card or a pen to write up a
Employees in horse businesses are guilty of coming to work
without their tool belts as frequently as any other industry. If a person works hands-on with horses
daily, her tool belt may include: a pocket knife sharp enough to cut leather or
a lead line in an emergency, pen, note pad, gloves, a watch or cell phone to know what
time it is and always a belt to peel
off quickly to wrap around the neck of a loose unhaltered horse.
Managers and business
owners who try to navigate through their days without the benefit of their
own personal tools within easy reach complain about their lack of productivity
and blame everyone and every thing except themselves.
Their "tool belts" should include: planner (electronic or paper
based) cell phone, pen and notepad, business cards and the forms and documents they need for the day.
I'm not suggesting they need to have these tools strapped on their bodies like a handyman, but it's silly not to have them close by and easily
There is no need to make any
more amateur trips up and down your
occupational ladder. If you're a professional horseman, show up for work each day
with the tools to perform like one.