Work – Life Balance

‘Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.’ Charlie McCarthy (Edgar Bergen)

Do you want to do more with less effort? Do you desperately want a better work-life balance? Then start by asking yourself some fundamental questions when the next job, piece of work, task or request comes your way:

  1. Do I want to do this piece of work, job or task etc? Even if I do want to do it, do I need to do it?
    • Don’t do something just because everyone else does it or because it is the ‘usual thing to do’.
    • Ask yourself instead: ‘Is this really necessary?’ and ‘Is this really worth doing?’
    • If the answer is ‘no’ to either of these questions then don’t do it.
  2. Is the result or outcome worth my effort?
    • Only do the things with the most impact.
    • Your time is limited so invest it only in things that give you the most return on your personal investment.
  3. Do I have to do this myself?
    • Ask yourself if you really are the best possible person to do whatever it is that needs to be done.
    • Is there someone else in your network who is better qualified than you to do this thing?
    • If there is then be generous and let them help you out.
  4. If you have to do it, then what is the shortest path to the point of success?
    • Don’t waste your time on the unnecessary. If it works in black and white don’t waste effort in creating a Technicolor dream version of the same thing.
    • Do only the things that are necessary to get the job done.
    • Cut everything else out!
  5. What exactly is that point of success and at what stage will you just be wasting your time?
    • Can this be reused again and again?
    • Can it have more value than just a ‘one-off’ piece of work?
    • If it can then scale it for better return on investment.

The above is an extract from The Lazy Winner by Peter Taylor

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