Moving Home with Others: How to Divide the Work

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When moving home with other people, dividing up the work is one of the most important steps in the whole process. How effectively you can divide the work between the people in your household will have a large impact on how quickly things get done. Here are some of the factors you should consider when dividing up the work of moving home.

Schedule

If there are significant differences in how busy the people in your household are, you want to be mindful of that when dividing the tasks. Make sure that you don't use up all of a person's free time with your schedule. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, it might aggravate the person which could result in conflict or just general annoyance. Secondly, a lack of free time is very demotivating. By using up all of a person's free time, you lower their motivation leading to less productivity.

Thirdly, disregarding motivation, a lack of free time can also decrease productivity due to overwork. If a person does not have adequate time to relax, they can become overtired.

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Proficiency

Proficiency refers to how competent a person is at a given task. Depending on the task given, it can refer to any number of things, such as how quickly a task is completed, the quality of the work done, understanding of the given task, or a combination of these. With most tasks that need doing during a home move, the important thing is how quickly they can be done. For many of them, how well they are done is also a factor (such as fitting as much as possible into a box); But generally, the tasks are simple enough that speed is more important.

By assigning people to tasks that they are good at, you ensure that every part of the moving process is done as quickly as possible.

Preference

Motivation is a big factor in productivity. Because of this, how someone feels about a particular task is important to consider. There will be tasks that no one enjoys doing, it's just a matter of figuring out who minds the least. You may find, within your household, varying levels of sensitivity to preference. If you can identify someone who seems indifferent to most tasks, you can use this to your advantage by giving them tasks that others may complain about. Be careful not to overload them with such tasks, however, as they do have a limit.

Capability

Capability refers to the amount of work that a person is capable of doing in one day. This is mostly to account for children and the elderly. People who are unable to work for long periods of time will need you to take this into account when dividing up the work.

Time taken

Ideally, you will want to have everyone work for the same length of time (bar any other factors). Any time that a person spends with nothing to do is wasted. This is not to say that you shouldn't schedule any breaks; What this means is that no one should be idle due to a lack of something to do. You need to divide tasks so that they fit within the scheduled timeframe with as little downtime, outside of breaks, as possible.

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