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No One Wants To Work Too Much. So Why Do We Do It?

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Most of us carry smartphones in our pockets. Prior to the pandemic, this made it easy to check work email from the sidelines of a child’s soccer game. Or fire off a quick message to a direct report while lying in bed. But why did we want to? No one wants to work too much. So why do we do it?

The answer, I believe, is that we didn’t want to. But we did it anyway. […]

NOTES: No One Wants To Work Too Much. So Why Do We Do It?

Many people have an inaccurate beliefs about their workload. Here are a few pointers to address this.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Get more done in the same amount of time by learning to work more efficiently. Better manage distractions and attention seeking activities. Learning a comprehensive workflow management system is another way to get more done in less time. 

Ultimately your own work-life balance is completely up to you. No one can “give you” better balance. You have to take it.

Question Assumptions

Stop thinking that other people expect you to be available all the time. Also, trying to conform to the expectations that other people have for you is exhausting and ultimately futile.

You Have a Habit of Distraction

Your most important resources are not your time or your money or even your attention. Your most important resources are your body and your mind.

Manage checking your communication channels during workday every 1-3 minutes. Else, you get conditioned and wont be able to “shut it off,” workday, work week or at your personal time.

You Have Control

Studies show that a boss’s work-life balance is an important factor in the work-life balance of their employees, and that if all better utilize downtimes, everyone will likely to be physically and emotionally healthier.

Recommended: The Third Space according to Adam Fraser is the transitional gap in between what we do. It’s not what we do, it’s what we do in between what we do that is most important.


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A Simple Trick to Manage Working From Home – and what we do in between what we do

Reflect, rest and reset are the key elements that allow people to take control of their own happiness and performance. This will ultimately reduce stress in our every day lives.

The Third Space: According to Adam Fraser, this is the transitional gap in between what we do. And it showed that it’s not what we do, it’s what we do in between what we do that is most important.

For example, the best sales people used the Third Space between calls to get over the previous call and move into the next one with optimism and enthusiasm. Also, the best leaders used the Third Space between meetings. They use it to compose themselves and get their head space right and intentions clear for the next meeting.

Reflect on the previous space – the last event. Look at what have been achieved, and don’t focus on what has gone wrong. Compliment yourself on the positives from the event or meetings, acknowledge anything you could have improved on, and then move on.

Rest, pause, relax, and take a deep breath. Clear the mind, and catch your breath before the next activity.

Reset to heighten sense of control in preparation for the next space. Re-clarify your intention for the next space and what exact behaviours you need to exhibit to make the intention a reality. For example, when coming home from work, re-establish your intention for the home space and the specific behaviours you want to exhibit once you cross the threshold.


Recommended: How Employers Can Keep 2021 From Being The Year of ‘I Quit’



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