The Monday Morning Quote #593

“There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.”

John Wooden

Are you prepared for the April 2020 Changes to Employment Law?

Are You Working Too Much?

From the HBR. Link to original article here.

Your performance dips after an amount of time, no matter who you are. I have clients who work no longer than three hours without a half-hour break whilst I have met others who claim to go through ten hours without a gap. I wouldn’t want to be their last patient of the day.

In the same way that we can arrive at our motorway junction without being aware of passing the last three, auto-pilot does exist in every walk of life. In my full on NHS days when I was desperate for income I often reached the end of the day and only knew that I had seen some of the patients because my notes told me so. (I was always relatively good at writing notes, thanks to my house job habits). Frequently I would fall asleep doing paperwork at the end of the day or drive home and kip in the car in my drive just like the man in the photo. But I always took holidays, there was never a time after my son was born that there wasn’t at least one, usually two holidays in the book.

Now time management is one of the big things that I work on with my clients, there’s no point in being successful with no time to enjoy the benefits of success.

As an older dentist once said to me, “nobody lies on their death bed wishing they had spent more time drilling teeth”.

This article caught my eye. Especially the questions.

  • We all need to shift into high gear from time to time, but how can you tell if you are pushing yourself too hard?
  • Watch out for some of these telltale signs. When was the last time you took some time away from work?
  • Consistently putting off vacations, working over major holidays, or regularly working weekends are all signals that you’re burning the candle from both ends.
  • Another sign is deprioritizing personal relationships.
  • If your social invitations have dried up because your friends assume you’re not available, you are probably too focused on work.
  • Also, be aware of your behavior when you do take time to be with people outside of work. Are you fully present?
  • While it’s normal to think about work periodically, it becomes a problem when you’re not able to manage your urge to check your phone or respond to emails and texts right away.
  • If you see any of these signs, take some time to reflect on whether you have enough balance in your life.
  • After all, being too wrapped up in work isn’t good for you or your performance.

The Monday Morning Quote #592

“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers”

Seth Godin

The Monday Morning Quote #591

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view

…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”

Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird

Tempus Fugit. The Clock of Life by Robert H Smith

The Clock of Life by Robert H Smith

The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s health is more.
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.

The present only is our own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in ‘tomorrow’
For the clock may then be still.

5 Harsh Truths

I read many blogs, articles and books. Often I come across an idea, principle or thought that I know I have read somewhere else but the writer claims is original. I’m not talking about stealing secrets or blatant plagiarism – if you steal from one person it’s plagiarism, steal from many it’s research. I do try to acknowledge my sources, often when I post here I’ll provide a link to the original if I am able to remember it.

Today is no exception, this comes from Daniel Priestly’s blog. written in 2016. It applies to many people I meet who seem to think that success is an overnight phenomenon. 

Daniel Priestley’s Harsh Truths: 

  1. It’s hard and it get’s harder. You’re taking on peoples problems. You are taking on problems for your customers, for your staff, for your family and ultimately yourself.
  2. No one is coming to save you. Removing the hope that someone is coming to save you leaves you with the realisation that this business is in your hands.
  3. There’s no big wins only incremental progress. The good news is that soon as you accept that progress is all that’s needed you can keep moving forward and stop getting distracted.
  4. In order to do the work you love, you have to win the work. As soon as you accept this idea, winning business becomes fun.
  5. No one thing will work. There’s no fool proof system, there’s no magic bullet and there’s no people who just work hard without leadership. Every system will need to be refined, every cutting edge strategy will become common place, every hot product will cool off, every ace team member will need training.

“The main thing that makes business miserable is false expectations. If you want it to be easy, it gets damn hard. Paradoxically, If you embrace the struggle, it’s loads of fun.”

 

 

 

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