This week I’m blogging to you from my vacation. Well, not exactly, as this was posted a few days before I left and scheduled to appear today. Thank goodness for automation!
If it were not for the ability to preschedule this post, it would not have happened. I believe that my most important task this week is taking care of me. Just like I believe in a balanced work and personal life. The importance of this was driven home to me by my client Bruce, a firm owner in Florida.
Bruce consistently worked 70+ hour weeks. During one of our coaching calls, Bruce lamented on feeling overworked. I asked him, “How productive is each hour past eight hours each day?” When he really stopped and thought about it, he realized that he was half as productive, at best. To top it all off, he had a list of persistent problems he seemed unable to solve.
Bruce was suffering from the law of diminishing returns. Each hour invested was not returning a full hour’s worth of work. In fact, each day of the week got less and less productive during normal work hours as his fatigue grew.
After stopping this poor investment of his time, Bruce found that he got just as much done in 40-45 hours as he did in 70+. He also discovered that he suddenly had solutions to those persistent, unsolvable problems. This occurred because he allowed his subconscious mind to do one of the things it does best, solve problems and create fresh ideas while he enjoyed the fullness and richness that come from downtime and a quality personal life.
So, this week, I’ll be enjoying time in Michigan and Ohio with my son Benjamin, my girlfriend Holly, her daughter Mackenzie, and a host of family and friends. And I will not be thinking about work. When I get back, I’ll find out what my subconscious mind conjured up. Don’t know what that will be, but I know it will be good!