Everyone remembers the fun ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books from their childhood. You would read along for a while, and the main character would be faced with a decision. The choice was yours. Based on what you decided, you would skip to the corresponding section in the book and have to endure the consequences of your decision. Today, I’d like to give you a taste of your childhood with a mini ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story about office efficiency. Have fun!
It’s Tuesday at 10:41 AM. You’re in your office when Deborah, your nosey coworker, comes in to ask you if you took the important papers that needed signing to the downtown office. You pretend you don’t hear her because, well, you forgot to make the delivery, and you don’t want her parading that information through the office. You panic briefly, take a big gulp of water, and decide you have two options:
Option A – Deliver the papers yourself
Option B – Use that new XpressPac service you heard about
(If you choose Option A, keep reading here. If you choose Option B, skip down to where it says Option B below).
You’re ready to do this yourself. You grab the document and slide out of the office just before your boss walks by your door. Close call. Who knows what she wanted? You get down to the parking garage and get your car and head out. As you leave the parking garage, you hit the wall of traffic. Apparently, everyone else in the city has documents to deliver downtown. You can feel your blood boiling as the angry drivers surround you. Four miles and 30 minutes later, you finally arrive at the downtown office. You walk inside and drop off the documents trying to control your anger from the drive there. Everyone notices your rage, but you press on. Another 45-minute drive back to the office. You finally make it back to your desk just in time for your boss to walk by again and ask why on earth you were gone for almost two hours on a workday. It’s going to be a bad day.
You schedule a delivery with XpressPac for high noon. 11:59 rolls around, and you’re nervous, but as scheduled, your driver shows up and greets you with a big smile. You give the driver the documents, and out the door, they go on their way to the downtown office. You get back to work just as your boss walks by and thanks to you for always being in the office as a hard worker. 12:30, you receive a notification from your driver. “Your package has been delivered successfully! Have a great day!” You’re ecstatic! You walk out of your office just in time to see Deborah trip over the water cooler. It was a great day.