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The Ideal Workday

How we think about where we should work is changing rapidly

Now is the most opportune time for us to consider what makes up the ideal workday. Do we need an office with a fancy oak wood desk? Must we have to commute every single morning at 6:00AM on a crowded train or in slow traffic? Why are we getting up in the morning, what is the purpose of our work?

 

For many of us, these times will be difficult. Not only are we being pressured to still perform at our best, but we are also being challenged to do this while stuck at home. We don’t have a supervisor who is going to monitor our behavior. We have been given more responsibility and some of us aren’t prepared for it. And yet, this new responsibility can give us the chance to design how we do our work.

 

The ideal workday will now be something that we can choose, rather than it be something that happens by chance. We can decide which tasks are most important, how often we need to communicate with our clients and our team, and when breaks are really appropriate. We don’t need to tiptoe around others who may not be fond of our company, nor do we need to worry about our outward appearance or attire.

 

The work is what’s most important. We can now enjoy the nuances, the small details of what we do. When things return to the norm, many of us will find it strange. At that moment when we don’t recognize what we are doing, even though we’ve done it before, we must ask ourselves why do we feel this way.

 

We may begin to see that there are some benefits to working from home and from working remotely. It isn’t for everyone but, there will certainly be a lot of us who may consider a change.

 


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If We Only Had 4 Hours A Day To Work, How Would We Spend It?

How We Work Is Changing Because Of Technology & We Will Have More Time On Our Hands

There will come a day when we will only work four hours daily. We may already be in that situation, only pretending to work for eight hours a day to appease our boss needs to see us do so. In most jobs that require us to do work online, our work is usually completed by the middle of the day.

 

Bureaucracy, endless meetings, time checking our email inbox, and office banter during lunch tend to take up the rest of the workday. The average American worker spends more time pretending to work and appearing productive than they do actually working. Most of us get paid to be bored.

 

There are restrictions on how we work. We have to be productive members of our teams, not because they impose total concentration and attention during work hours, but because the system of work right now is all about appearances.

 

In most situations, we can’t leave the office and go home once all of our tasks are complete. This could come at the cost of losing our pay for the day or worse. We are working in jobs that haven’t fully adapted to the acceleration of change that is happening. We are also not preparing ourselves for a time when our jobs do shift and we only have four hours of work per day.

 

How would your day look if you only had half of the time each day to work? How would you spend your time?

Shifting priorities, experiencing more fulfillment, and maximizing time

When we experience restrictions and constraints, our creativity increases. We use our attention with more purpose. Distractions become more noticeable. Meetings don’t become as frequent because our communication becomes clear and faster.

 

As a result of this change, the work we are doing becomes more purposeful and enjoyable. Questions begin to come into focus, such as, “How can I get this task done with half the time I usually take?” Things that seem urgent at first are deferred until a later date. Most tasks that are communicated as urgent are tested more, we take our time more seriously.

 

All high priority items would be tackled first. This would lead to more impact and increase our overall usefulness to our team and clients. we would delegate more. we would drop projects that aren’t fruitful and fulfilling. We would be more selective in the projects that we choose to take on in the future. And we would consider the requirements more and think about the price for taking on tasks assigned.

 

We will enjoy work more but, we won’t obsess over it during our off-hours. We’ll experience life more. For we are not mechanisms but, people. And when we aren’t working we will have to find time for fun and for experiencing the nuances of life. Work for work’s sake will be obsolete and completely unnecessary.

 

If we don’t begin to consider our daily workdays looking like this, the transition will be a painful one. Instead, when the transition takes place, we should enjoy it for the opportunities it will bring.

 

Jobs aren’t being replaced, they are changing and evolving. As our idea of work is redefined and new skills are required of us, we also need to start adopting a new paradigm of thought. The sooner, the better.

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