I am not quite at the point of outsourcing my every waking moment and bodily functions but I am definitely embracing my inner Tim Ferris right now.
You would think I would learn, wouldn’t you?!
Whilst I am not at La Ferris standards of the 4 hours week, I am working on a 3 hour working day, and it’s teaching me so much.
My portfolio career has many benefits; design thinking came to my rescue this week for saving my ass and re-working my time.
My current the situation is “closed” in that I am very limited in the energy that I have currently.
This means I am limited in the ability to travel, to be out and about, to see people, to work, socialise and manage time in the day since I have to pace and reduce my activities to keep my energy in what I think of as “credit”.
So, my creative approach to this is to see it as a challenge.
I have devised a new contract with myself to get back over this hump.
I promised myself that I will work no more than 3 hours a day, that I will rest at least 2 to 3 hours a day, and that I will rest in between activities as seemingly easy and mundane* as taking the girls to school, writing a post, doing some housework or even talking to friends.
*yup, for a CFS person in the throes of tiredness these are exhausting tasks!
Right now, time = energy.
But then, it is for all of us, and this lesson in using it wisely applies universally.
As a Type A person I could so easily keep on plodding on and doing more more stuff in the day because I love what I do and I have ideas coming at me all the time, but it just doesn’t work like that for me long term.
- So, that means taking control of the inbox with things like Sanebox and Unroll.me.
- It means working in small chunks of time which are manageable and fit easily into the day.
- It means dictating things, just like I am now dictating this post into Evernote.
- It means scheduling social media in advance so that I know that my updates are taken care of the throughout the day ,and I can jump in live to chat when I need to.
- It means planning, choosing, and prioritising.
The lesson that I’m constantly re-learning time and time again, is that I am capable of doing so much but by actually working less.
Although chronic fatigue may not be your current bugbear, maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, or feeling burnt out as well?
If so I would really love to hear what challenges you might face with reducing your hours of work to be more manageable.Let’s rock the “only work 3 hours a day and do less headless chicken shit” biz model
P.S, if you liked this, you may also like the podcast I recorded this week on the same theme.