- We feel important or want when we are busy.
- It is difficult for the human brain to deal with uncertain factors. We would rather keep ourselves busy than have time to think about sometimes uncomfortable but important questions like ‘Is this job or career right for me?’
- We use ‘being busy’ to avoid having to face certain things.
How do you get out of that natural tendency to be busy all the time? By honestly looking at what is hidden behind the daily hustle and bustle. And by being honest about what motivates us, so we can make different choices about how and with whom we spend our time.
The fact that we are all so ‘busy’ is also reinforced by all the classic time management methods. They are all about ‘doing as much as possible, in as little time as possible’. Being productive etc. “Be the best version of yourself.” But does that make us happier?
“Rarely are the methods aimed at getting rest, building meaningful relationships with others and maintaining the question ‘how do you contribute most to this world’”, writes Arjan Broere . The advice is not to enter into this race to always do better.
In his article, in which he discusses the book ‘4,000 Weeks – Your Time on Earth and How to Manage It’, he shares some helpful tips. One of them:
- Decide where you are going to fail. Undertake strategically. What are you allowed to do or not do moderately or poorly given the work to which you are really committed?
And besides: practice ‘doing nothing’. That seems to be quite difficult. When I look at myself, I never sit still. Sitting on the couch and watching a movie is already ‘difficult’ for me. But that does bring relaxation. On, on, on is not the key to happiness. So work a little less, but do what you do do, better.
There is never a lack of time, bu
He did an experiment within his company with a 4-day working week, for a full-time fee. Judging by the comments below the article, opinions and ideas about this are divided. Of course, to get this Controlling Directors Email Lists done, you need to work on your productivity. Which can actually make you feel busier again. Even though the concept of the 4-day working week sounds so interesting… Would this work for you?
Have you found your happiness at work and filled in your time as desired? Then the next important point is: a good workplace. Due to the corona crisis, many employers have decided not to go back to 100% of your time in the office. And we as an employee are generally happy with thas the new normal. How do you handle that well?
In any case, Christiaan W. Lustig points out a few important misconceptions in his article. Hybrid working is…
- not working 2 days at home and 3 at the office or vice versa, or some other combination.
- also not concentrated at home and meeting, meeting and collaborating in the office.
- certainly not hybrid meetings. Why? Meetings are not the same as working together and are difficult enough on their own.
- not the same set of rules and agreements for everyone.
What is hybrid? “If you work completely from home, work completely at the office and hybrid work side by side, hybrid working is the most difficult variant. It’s exhausting. And what exactly is hybrid working? How do we learn to work, collaborate and communicate in different ways? That is the crux for the coming period. We will have to learn that — probably through trial and error — in order to lay the foundation for the coming years.”
When I discuss hybrid work with colleagues or friends, opinions are divid. Some say they can concentrate much better at home and others at the office. This differs per person. Where one person prefers to have a lot of people and sound around (like me), the other prefers to work in silence.