Have you ever sat and tallied the actual number of hours that you spend “working” at work? I will bet you that if you do, you’ll be shocked by the sheer number of hours that are wasted doing anything but work. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that “the workforce” in general, fritters away at least 50 percent of the day, and probably more like 60 or 70 percent.
Whether you work for yourself or “for the man,” whether you work in an office or in your pajamas from home, when you set your mind to work, put your head down and work. Don’t waste time; stay focused and keep a constant finger on the pulse of your activity: Ask yourself, “Is this an income producing activity? Is it productive? Or am I simply wasting time?” If you’re wasting time, regroup and go at it again.
The time you waste while “working” is time that you’re stealing from family and friends. If you’re not accomplishing what you’re expected to accomplish at work, you’re either going to lose your job, lose your business, have to stay late, or have to bring work home and spend your evenings getting caught up. Not working effectively while at work creates unnecessary stress and keeps you from being the best you you can be.
I heard a story one time about a little girl who asked her mother, “Mommy, why does Daddy bring a briefcase full of work home each night and he never spends any time with us?” Her mother replied sympathetically, “Well, honey, that’s because Daddy can’t get his work done at the office so he has to bring it home and get caught up here.” The little girl thought about this for a moment and then asked her mother, “If that’s the case, then why don’t they put Daddy in a slower class?”
Most of us are motivated to work as hard as we do so that we can spend quality time with the ones that we love, doing the things we want to do, when and where we want to do them. Keeping that in mind will help to keep you focused on the task at hand while at work. Determine to accomplish as much as you can in the time that you spend at work so that you can spend as much time as possible enjoying the people you love!