Does working longer hours work? Would it be good idea even if it did? Chris Croft discusses the link between longer hours, productivity, and stress. The effect of working longer hours on your life outside work. The temptation to do it once, which does get more done, becomes a habit. Mistaken pressure from management for people to work longer hours. What are the alternatives to working longer hours?
- Is working longer hours a good idea?…Well if you think about it, there are only two ways…you can get more time for the important things at work.…Either to extend the box down into your personal life…and work longer hours or to take the time…from the other boxes…and to get more box three in your life, generally,…there is no extension option.…So you have to get the time from the other boxes…and that's the option I'm going to explore with you…in detail in another video.…
But just to get the working longer hours option…out of the way first,…lets have a quick look at that now.…If working longer hours meant that you could…produce more output and profit for you company…but at a cost to your personal life,…I'd have a big a dilemma on whether to recommend it…since your company might be paying…for you to watch this video.…But in fact, I have no such dilemma…because working longer hours doesn't work.…There's been lot's of research that shows…that people who work longer hours on a regular basis,…whether they're creative types of managers…
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
- Making the most of every day
- Separating important from urgent items
- Using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks
- Finding more time for important things
- Saying no
- Negotiating tasks
- Delegating to save time
- Improving your systems
- Letting go of perfectionism