The first problem with Traditional Time Management is that it operates on a flawed premise: That everyone needs to work an 8 hour day. How untrue. We all know employees who can get tasks or jobs done in half the time. And, for every one of those types, there’s the other guy, who has to work 12 hours to finish the same workload. Every human is different and unique so why would we EVER assume we’re all the same when it comes to TIME?
We’re living in the 21st Century but the business world is still operating like a factory in 1910. The entire reason why we have the 8 hour workday (it used to be longer) is because it is based on the factory system. I call this the “punch the clock” structure. And, since the early days of Industrialization, the business world has built itself for employees to punch that clock. It still happens now.
But everything except the need for an 8 hour workday has changed. We blew past the Industrial Age decades ago, moved into the Information Age and even have outgrown that. We’re in the Creative Age, where information flows instantly and business is all about being creative and bring massive value to your customers or clients. The world is now FLUID. Shouldn’t the 21st Century Workday should match that as well?
So, the first thing you need to do is jettison ALL of your old BELIEFS on the “traditional” workday. Let it go.
Now, I know where your mind instantly went. Sounds great but I have a job that requires me to be in the office from 8-5. Do you really? Why were you hired in the first place?
I’ll tell you. Listen close: to bring value to your company!!
You were hired and are still employed because you DO a job, you bring RESULTS, so you essentially bring value to your company. Trust me, stop bringing value to your job role, even if you keep working your 8-5 schedule and watch what happens. You’ll be looking for a new job faster than you can say “Industrial Age.”
If you let go of the old belief and focus on Adding Value, you can then shift the requirements of your job. Obviously, if you work for yourself or have job flexibility, this is already a given. But if you do work for a company that “requires” its workers to be in the office all day, from 8-5, then you need a new approach.
I call that this the “Bring More Value” approach. It’s time you move from a Time-Based Worker into a Performance- Based Worker. I can show you how, including a simple and straightforward strategy that you will be able to implement with your Boss or Superior that will move you from the Industrial Age and join us in the 21st Century. Come along, the ride’s easy, I promise.