“Lucky for you!” I hear you say.
But here’s the thing- with a little pre-planning and rescheduling, there’s a good chance your Monday (or any work day for that matter) could be just as enjoyable as mine was- and by the end of it, you’ll still have important stuff (actual work stuff) completed! No cluttered work-space, no faulty air-conditioning, no “same old same old” for lunch- but your working weeks end up more productive than ever! How is this so?
The beauty of entrepreneurship in the Information Age is that not only has it given small businesses a greater chance than ever before to boom- it has also opened up the opportunity for business owners in any number of occupations to finally live the work/ life balance they’ve been dreaming of! If you’re at peace relaxing with a simple cup of coffee in your spare time, chains like McDonald’s now have free wi-fi in all their stores. If you’ve got an acquired taste for something fancier, fear not- plenty of restaurants and café’s are following suit! All you need is your laptop and you effectively have a new “work space”!
In an age where so much of our work can be done entirely online, it’s become increasingly possible to undertake important tasks in an environment where you’re more likely to do them to the best of your ability. Sure there are industries that require the business owner to be on premises or at a certain location at a particular time (mechanics, photographers and veterinarians I hear you!) but even then- there are otherwise menial tasks like e-mailing, invoicing, client calls etc. that don’t need to be done in the office. Provided you have internet connection- you can do them anywhere!
The question to consider firstly, is what tasks can I complete entirely online? The second question to consider is: where do I feel most inspired? For me, being out under the sun in a peaceful park or near the beach is where I feel most at ease. It’s where my creative energies flow the best. If I have the choice of writing a piece (or undertaking a task) right now or undertaking a task in an hour or so- when I’ll be in a place that lets me carry out the same task with more creative energy and peace of mind- you bet I’ll take the option of waiting so I can do it better!
If you take a look at your upcoming work schedule, ask yourself whether you need to be ‘at work’ for everything? Or could you plan ahead and arrange to take a stroll, bike ride, bus ride or road-trip somewhere to a place where you love the environment, the atmosphere or the energy- and then settle into your work there? Can you imagine spending several hours in an environment that helps relax or inspire you- and leaving with several tasks crunched, feeling so up-beat or at ease that you almost feel guilty for having a work day so free of stress, boredom or frustration? Not only that- but you’ve put more energy and effort into the tasks than you would’ve otherwise!
Let me know how re-scheduling your working week goes- especially if you start loving your Mondays!
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