THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING HARD & PLAYING HARD…& DOING BOTH WELL

Ever noticed that some people have got the ‘work hard, play hard’ thing all figured out?

They are nailing their targets, they come to work with a spirulimãng cầu juice in hand, glowing from a military boot camp workout in the park. They will be doing HIIT at lunchtime, pilates at six, then chowing down on steamed salmon & miso greens before pre-bedtime mindfulness.

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They are not only healthy & good at their job, they are also really nice, và snack on raw cashews, while you neông chồng M&Ms. On team nights out, they are the first at the bar & the last one standing. Their social truyền thông media feeds suggest a healthy social life & plenty of foreign travel, while you scream inwardly: “Where on earth bởi they find the time?!”

These types aren’t all that common, but they vày seem lớn have life worked out. The truth is that it’s their motivation & approach to life that means they excel in multiple areas, be it work, exercise, or friendship.

There is even survey-based evidence to lớn suggest why people who push themselves hard at work seem more likely to lớn succeed in their hobbies. Queen's University biology professor Lonnie Aarssen published a study in năm nhâm thìn that, for the first time, found a correlation between a motivation to lớn seek accomplishment & an attraction to lớn leisure.

If you seem to lớn be working with steam coming out your ears, and yet finding no time to lớn play, take comfort in the knowledge that there is a cheat - and that is khổng lồ simply scrutinise your working day và make adjustments.

Just think what freeing up 10 hours a month could vì chưng for your health & wellbeing, as well as your playtime. Not only could you squeeze in two more fitness sessions a week, it’s also enough for 1,200 bedtime stories a year with your children, or a 15-day holiday with no interruptions.

How to không tính tiền up 10 hours a month

1. Use the Eisenhower Matrix

The 34th President of the United States had his own strategy for boosting productivity, & it involved being ruthless with his lớn vị list. It’s simple: menu all your tasks và then plot them on an urgent-important grid in one of four categories.


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Anything deemed neither urgent nor important gets removed from the to lớn do list straight away. Anything that falls into the urgent but not important box gets delegated khổng lồ someone else. Tasks that are important but not urgent get planned in your calendar for later, & anything both urgent & important gets done right away.

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It’s hardly rocket science but plotting your to vì list on a matrix immediately eliminates the unnecessary, và makes the necessary more manageable.

2. Outsource

Eisenhower thought outsourcing was so important he built it inkhổng lồ his matrix as a way to lớn be more efficient. The mạng internet has given business owners all sorts of ingenious ways lớn outsource jobs at work và home page.

Think about your hourly rate. Should you be chasing invoices, ordering stationery, managing annual leave, writing blogs for your website, and putting together HR documents for new starters? Or does it make more financial sense khổng lồ invest in apps that can automate these tasks, or lớn hire someone – lượt thích a virtual assistant – lớn do them for you, so you can focus on lead generation, sales & expansion?

Similarly, should you be cleaning your house, or painting your hallway, or should you outsource it so you can be happier và healthier by spending quality time with your family, friends or going lớn a fitness class.

The key lớn play time, is lớn find the time. Look at every task và ask yourself the question: should I really be doing this?

3. Remove barriers

To perkhung at your optimum level, make sure nothing is stopping you. Your working environment, the technology you use khổng lồ vị your job, và people you trust enough to delegate to lớn, or just get on with the job, are paramount.

Do away with pointless meetings, work where you function best, and remove all distractions.

4. Get busy

Ever wondered why it’s so hard lớn motivate yourself in the first few months of business ownership? Because you’re not busy enough to lớn be productive, and self-made deadlines don’t carry the same urgency as customer or client deadlines.

There’s a good reason ‘they’ say: “If you want something done, give sầu it to a busy person.” Being busy breeds hard work. Set goals and make it your mission lớn get busy. For example, get in touch with old contacts và propose a coffee, learn the art of nội dung kinh doanh or online lead generation and add it lớn your tried and tested sales methods.

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