EP 17: Why Working Less Shouldn’t Be Your Only Goal
There is a dangerous pitfall that we can fall into when we work to optimize our business so that we can earn more and work less. This mistake can steal our joy and force us to waste countless hours each week.
Growing up, my mom was really into healthy eating. She always wanted us to eat our vegetables and take our vitamins, and she tried to feed us as much organic food as possible. Before dinner, she would always put out a giant salad and we couldn’t eat our dinner until we had finished it. And we certainly weren’t going to get dessert until we had eaten our dinner.
I don’t think that this was a bad thing because, to this day, I am a fantastic vegetable eater, but something that I’ve noticed is that this eat-your-vegetables-first mentality has carried over into other aspects of my life.
Whenever it’s work or play, I always tend to focus on getting the work out of the way before I spend time playing.
In general, as you would expect, this is a really good thing.
It’s good to focus on strategies that help to achieve as much as possible with little time and effort.
It means that I get a lot done, both because I focus on getting the work done first, and because I’m working towards some sort of a reward – dessert, fun, or relaxation.
This is so important to me because I don’t want work to take over my life. I want to make sure that I’ve plenty of time left over to really enjoy life – to spend time with my family and to do the things that I truly love.
In today’s episode, I’m going to explain what this pitfall is, why you might be making these mistakes, and how you can work to reframe your mindset and restructure your schedule to make sure that you’re getting the most out of every hour you work all while enjoying the process to boot.
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- How focusing on the goal of working less can kill your passion for the work that you are doing
- What mindset shifts you can make to enjoy your work WITHOUT letting it take over your life
- How to shift your schedule and find the right balance between fun and work
- Why work is a good thing and why we should embrace it in our lives