We’re stuck in a tradition that says “You must work 40 hours or more a week.” I emboldened those two words because there is emphasis put on them. We’ve reached a point in American history where, because everyone can be contacted at any time, they often are. But, what if I can effectively complete my work in 25 hours? What if I’m most productive from 8 AM to noon and, the rest of the day, I’m pretty much twiddling my thumbs or checking mindless tasks of my list? Where’s the value in the twiddling of thumbs?
When I come into the office, the synapses in my brain are shooting off at a mile a millisecond. I have ideas and creative juices flowing and am genuinely excited because I haven’t had to think about stuff all night. I took a break. So, I like to knock out everything that is going to take creativity in the morning. That’s me. The afternoon is for the mindless widget construction that many of us have to do at one point or another. The dialing of numbers and repetitive request for support. The reading of reports. The stuff that doesn’t require me to put out. But the mornings? That’s when I get funky with my writing. That’s when I develop strategies that will make me a better professional. That’s when I really do.
Everyone is different. Structure your day so that you make the most of moments, as opposed to working the most moments possible. Sure, there is time when I do work at home but eight times out of nine, it’s only because I am inspired to.
Time is not to control you. Rather, it is yours to control.
Make professional development a priority.