There are no shortcuts in life, but you can short-change yourself.
By taking the ‘easy’ way out.
What I think smart busy people have realised is that it is as easy to work hard on the right things as it is hard when you to try to take things easy.
I confess, for me being idle is an horror too great.
Iwonder however whether a lot of our productivity is tied up in the misguided notion that being busy and productive is the hardest way to live your life.
Spending most of your woken day at a job where you produce nothing is just painful. I’ve been there. Anybody who believes that is a good way through life has already started making life difficult.
Of course I am not promoting being a slave to your work or just pulling long hours and never seeing your family. Work life balance is hugely important (and this includes ‘time out’)
My focus is on the 40- 50 hours you spend at work.
Make them count.
Make the hours of your employees count too.
I would rather send people home early because they did what was needed doing than keep them here in the hope they’ll ‘fill in time’.
I concede it is a difficult balance, but leaders should not be ashamed of expecting more of themselves and their employees in being more productive.
The thing is – and here is the kicker – I believe this often doesn’t happen as the managers concerned aren’t doing it themselves and therefor are not prepared to ask their reports (note I changed from leaders to managers, because I have just demoted them all!)
And this doesn’t just apply to being productive.
So the next time you see a manger not asking for more, see what they are not doing themselves first.
Then decide- am I a leader or a manager!!