If you ever sat on a chair within the corporate walls you must be well aware of the routine they follow every day, either before commencing the day's work or after the day's agenda has been wrapped up. This process of planning is called the Daily Scrum.
There might be various terminologies in your respective workplaces; however, the central idea behind this practice remains the same.
Planning and analysis is an ineffable part of our lives. The insight gained with in-depth thought behind our day to day activities tends to make things a little simpler and organized to act on. And once we can draw a roadmap to our target, it helps to bring a flow of execution for our forthcoming plans. Even if we are unable to keep up the pace, at least it assists us in maintaining the direction.
Explore the Scrum
A daily scrum kick starts with a discussion on what activities have been taken care of so far, what is the state of progress of the balance and if and why there are issues in closing them. Based on the performance from the previous day, the plan of action for the next 9 hours of work is decided.
Take it like this, the moment you start breaking down the enormous task into small little details, it becomes so much easy to complete and adhere to the timeline set for the task.
Now, scrum is not just talking about tasks at hand, it gets a bit more elaborate than that.
It involves identifying successes and failures from the previous day's tasks' and looking for areas of improvisation if any. This is the 'crux' of doing a daily scrum. If you are able to find the loose ends, then fixing them up isn't hard to do.
The next bullet line is the troubleshooting, this is the last, yet the most essential step. It is the discussion towards removing the bottlenecks and assigning new roles if required. The new roles that could attribute a difference in the fulfilment of the need, the idea upon which the role has to work and a scheme that explains the time and effort.
The practice of having a daily scrum with oneself or with one's team is considered healthy as it is an open forum. There are a thousand angles which are going to be wide open on the table, triggered by a thousand different perspectives and norms. The liberty to choose and decide on the one we could take upon is the silver lining here.
Having a scrum is similar to making a daily checklist of responsibilities in the morning and checking the completed ones off that night. It makes us keep a tab on the jobs we couldn't do that day, if there were a situation that created a problem and what could be done in order to tackle it, accordingly. A scrum session will help identify if there are any gaps in the team's time management and cooperative skills to complete the task at hand. Nevertheless, it's always advisable to have every member's opinion put forward while discussing a singular role, no matter what his area of concern is.
Take Scrum to Life
All this while we have been talking about how a scrum works and what are its merits when incorporated in a corporate environment and in a team's productivity as well.
What we really wanted to implicate is your work-life, being as hard it is has a significant impact on your personal life too. So, why not replicate the same problem-solving technique you use in your work-life into your personal life also. We all can agree that doing a scrum at the start and at the end of any task projects a clear image of what and how things need to be done. So it's time to start categorizing your personal goals into tasks and start doing this daily scrum activity and make a timeline for these tasks.
Remember this, taking scrum into your life needs serious commitment. You need to follow it continuously without giving it any gap any given day. Only then you'll be able to see results that you wish to achieve.