4 hour work week hack: remembering your priorities

September 27th, 2008

The mindset in the 4 hour workweek has really flipped my worldview around. I managed to negotiate one of the ideas on it, and had a super productive day away from the office. Wasn’t sure it would be possible, considering I work for a government agency, but it happened and turned out a real win-win. Started uploading some of my old books to ebay to clear them out and found they just took too much time to write up, so I posted a couple of book sets. Same deal. Now I’m just telling people they can pick ten of what I have on offer and called it “Ten books for ten bucks” – I figure that’s probably the quickest way to get rid of them, fast, short of giving them away (which for some reason I have a real resistance to. Maybe something I’ll need to work on later). I did want the outsourcing service to put the ads together, but that would have just made them too expensive. Plus, they never got back to me with a quote.

So, now that work is seeing the potential of what I can offer in a super productive day, I’m facing another problem. I’m getting called in to a lot more meetings and being asked for a lot more input. It’s great on one level to get that recognition, but at the same time it’s making my workday hours creep outside the borders a bit more, and it’s a bit of a challenge to remember that the job is NOT meant to be the all consuming god of my life; in fact I have other dreams and plans outside of work that it’s starting to eat into. This is where I’ve fallen down a few times in my life – setting and standing behind boundaries.

This week is going to be really challenging, since we’re down a supervisor and I’ll be backup for a few things he normally does. Not an issue in terms of skills, just in terms of time. I’m either going to have to get really really efficient somehow somewhere I’ve not yet streamlined (I don’t think there’s anything left that I haven’t tweaked already) or put in a few more hours. On the bright side, I will get those hours back down the road, but that’s not the point. It’s a learning experience for me to remember to put myself up higher in the priority list. I think that’s one a lot of women have trouble with, and I know I’m not alone, but even so…

… wish me luck?

Third option I just realised, I might just have to work out what to drop off and let some things go from my workload – which is perfectly in line with the 80/20 philosophy of the book! Hmm. Maybe I’m in more of a learning curve than I thought!

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