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“The busiest man has the most free time” and Project Management
What is your opinion regarding the statement: “The busiest man is the one with the most free time”?

What do you think when you read "The busiest man has the most free time"?

How do you adopt this concept (if at all) when planning your projects?
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Luis, the correct phrase is "the busiest men find the most time". This is intended to mean that someone who is busy is usually efficient and books time for leisure.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 22, 2020 2:47 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your comment
There's a related proverb: "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." It is similar but with a twist. In this case, we expect people who are busy to know how to handle more work.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 22, 2020 2:50 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
I liked to know:
"There's a related proverb:" if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. "

How do you adopt this concept (if at all) when planning your projects?
Jan 22, 2020 12:50 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Luis, the correct phrase is "the busiest men find the most time". This is intended to mean that someone who is busy is usually efficient and books time for leisure.
Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your comment
Jan 22, 2020 12:53 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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There's a related proverb: "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." It is similar but with a twist. In this case, we expect people who are busy to know how to handle more work.
Dear Stéphane
I liked to know:
"There's a related proverb:" if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. "

How do you adopt this concept (if at all) when planning your projects?
I guess a "busy" person tends to be methodical, efficient and compartmentalizes their work. They pick up work with the highest priority to do them first and are able to "filter" out the noise that can slow them down.
A busy person also feeds their ego and feels a sense of accomplishment by "getting things done" .
In some cases they get anxious if work piles up in their in-tray and they want to empty their in-tray as soon as possible.
The busy person often finds that they have quickly rid themselves of work to-do and ends up finding that "free" time which then they work hard to fill up .
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 23, 2020 1:51 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Deepesh
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I fully agree with your assessment on the subject of my question

How do you adopt this concept (if at all) when planning your projects?
Jan 22, 2020 5:17 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy
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I guess a "busy" person tends to be methodical, efficient and compartmentalizes their work. They pick up work with the highest priority to do them first and are able to "filter" out the noise that can slow them down.
A busy person also feeds their ego and feels a sense of accomplishment by "getting things done" .
In some cases they get anxious if work piles up in their in-tray and they want to empty their in-tray as soon as possible.
The busy person often finds that they have quickly rid themselves of work to-do and ends up finding that "free" time which then they work hard to fill up .
Dear Deepesh
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I fully agree with your assessment on the subject of my question

How do you adopt this concept (if at all) when planning your projects?
Take a look at the views on this from Gates and Buffet.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/warren-buf...k-calendar.html

How to apply this to projects? Take time to sit back and relax at a times during the day, this will lead to a better outcome than filling up the agenda with meetings. Focus on efficiency, on output, on delivered value, not on man-hours or other useless indicators.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 24, 2020 8:23 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Eduard
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I will carefully read the opinions you shared on the link
Thanks

Do you know who attributed the phrase (thought) that I shared?

How can we apply the concept in project planning?
I agree with statement but I will add such guys have the most critical items in the list, and such items take time to achieve, during these periods for sure he will be free.

simply, such guys will not busy in small issues.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 24, 2020 8:26 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Ahmad
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

You wrote: "simply, such guys will not be busy in small issues"
How is this achieved?

Can we apply this concept to project planning?
The problem I have with this is that being busy does not necessarily translate to getting things done or positive results.A person may be busy for all the wrong reasons: disorganized, martyr syndrome, micro-manager, perception only, unsatisfactory personal life, nothing else to do. When I identify the 'busy person' in my team I will dig a little deeper before assuming its a good thing and add on to the person's pile. I have the same response to 'less busy' persons - is it because they are lazy, have insufficient workload, are assigned below their ability or organized and efficient?
Key conclusion - don't manage a project based on proverbs.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 24, 2020 8:32 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

This perspective is interesting: "A person may be busy for all the wrong reasons: disorganized, martyr syndrome, micro-manager, perception only, unsatisfactory personal life, nothing else to do."

Do you know the origin (who said it) of this thought?

How can we apply this concept to project planning?
Jan 23, 2020 3:11 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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Take a look at the views on this from Gates and Buffet.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/warren-buf...k-calendar.html

How to apply this to projects? Take time to sit back and relax at a times during the day, this will lead to a better outcome than filling up the agenda with meetings. Focus on efficiency, on output, on delivered value, not on man-hours or other useless indicators.
Dear Eduard
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I will carefully read the opinions you shared on the link
Thanks

Do you know who attributed the phrase (thought) that I shared?

How can we apply the concept in project planning?
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