In the United States, we remembered those who had passed serving our country. For my family this weekend served a 2nd purpose as my family celebrated the lives of my aunt and uncle who had passed way this year. While preparing for the family visits, the trip to Ohio from Maryland and the Memorial Services, one thing I wasn't worried about was the time crunch that would ensue because of a shortened work week this week.
It took just a little bit of time and planning spread out over only the week prior (truth be told, it took about two hours) to account for the normal Monday activities that I engage in with the various programs I deliver. This week, I will pick right back up on Tuesday's regular schedule and it will not feel stressful or overwhelming.
There is a growing list of companies that focus on shorter hours, shorter work weeks and longer rest time for their employees to help INCREASE productivity. Your activities take as long as you allow for. So often, we allow little time sucks in our day because of two reasons:
1. We think we have time. This argument sounds like, "This will only take a moment. I'll just take care of it." When what really needs to happen is to delegate, systematize or delete it entirely.
2. We don't value our time. Not all tasks have the same weight. Always, you should be focusing on the activities you were uniquely designed to do. A $100,000 salary can be billed at $48/hour, $1,000,000 salary can be billed at $480/hour. As a business owner, one of my biggest jobs is to create Money Generating Activities, as Fabienne Fredrickson says. What would change if you VALUED your time like a Millionaire? What if you had to pay you $480/hour to do the task you are working on? How would that change your perspective?
I challenge you to shorten your work week to 4 days a week every week and use the 5th day to move your biggest projects forward, you know, the ones you can never seem to find time to do!
If this sounds too difficult right now, it's ok. Let's find a time to chat and sort it out. Let's Talk.
Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.