An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of
caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home." "Why not?" asked
somebody from the audience.
"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert
explained. "She made a lot of trips between the refrigerator, stove,
table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day
I told her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"
"Did it save time?" the person in the audience asked.
"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to
take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven."