Work Less

There’s a viral article at Medium, This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week.


The overall thought is that our workdays are antiquated. Where you work, how long you labor, and the fact that your energy levels approach diminishing returns are valid constraints to take into account in our brave new world.

What if you cut your work day in half? Perhaps work 4 hours a day?

Have you tried such an experiment?

Perhaps you gain more efficiency because you can’t waste time. You have to have your stuff together. It’s Parkinson’s Law used in reverse to your advantage. You start gaining efficiency and focus on what matters.

We are in the age of robots. Relatively speaking, massive amounts of the workforce made money because we were inefficient before. Human beings did legal work, worked accounting jobs and analyzed information to create meaning in the knowledge space.

But when there are initiatives like IBM Watson and artificial intelligence relentlessly working to take input and output information, trying to become more efficient than a robot is a losing strategy. Robots win when they can perform millions of computations and look for trends, local maximums and crunch data better than humans.

The Luddite can argue their position, but that is what blue collar workers pleaded when automation took over manufacturing jobs. The output was too great to argue with.

Trying to work longer, harder and faster may not be the best overall strategy for your business.

How about freeing yourself up. Build your health back up. Clear your mind. Invest more in creativity rather than productivity.

Your input/output ratio for money may reflect a much better outcome and you will be the better for matching your workflow and lifestyle to the speed and efficiency you see all around you.

Dare to try working less? What’s holding you back?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I am a management consultant to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs. I write and speak on systems, strategy and leadership on my blog and help empower business clients to achieve their goals for revenue and efficiency. I live a life of adventure and work with business clients all over the world from remote locations to help them start and grow their businesses.

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