Work is always busy, and when you’re passionate about what you are working on, people are depending on you, and there is an imminent launch – it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of working too much.
There is a chapter in the Being Boss book about setting boundaries, and it made me think. Why do I feel the need to work more? There is no one telling me to go home and check my email so why do I do it?
Worse though, was the thought, how much of this is busy work? How much of the time I spend at home is actually productive? How much of it really can’t wait till tomorrow?
So I have started an experiment on myself (another idea from the Being Boss book). Every morning at work, while drinking my coffee, and before I get stuck into my email, I write a list of feasible things to complete by the end of the day.
Often I come up with more than three things, so I rank them, and then whittle them down.
Throughout the day I check the list in my notebook, which I leave open at the side of my laptop. I score things out as I complete them.
That’s it. It takes 5 minutes of my day, and I always know what the highest priority things are. If by the end of the day I haven’t done them, I know what I need to do when I get home.
But I’ll let you in to a secret, last week I completed my list 4 out of 5 days.
This is certainly an experiment I’ll be extending.