How is it the whole world manages to require eight hours a day to do their work? Why does every industry require the same allotted time to get things done?
The 9 to 5 was actually introduced by Henry Ford in 1922 to ease labour unrest, apparently the working day used to be longer and harder.
I am not sure what your day consists of, but in mine I rush through my day constantly checking my phone for the latest bit of interruption in the form of email or worse, some social announcement that someone has had another really bad day and is desperately seeking another night in oblivion via a bottle of vino. I often think is this what life is meant to be about?
Back then I found this hard to believe but after working with incredibly successful individuals I am now inclined to agree that it is possible.
A section of the book really got under my skin. How much of my daily work could I get done by 11:00 am if I really concentrated and didn’t get interrupted.
Quite simply put, the answer is a lot. If you have ever worked from home you should know the feeling of a seriously productive day.
When I started to take note of the interruptions that I had when I had a shitty day or a busy day, I realised that it wasn’t the workload that was bothering me, it was the constant interruptions that cost me my attention and cost time to get back on task.
A lot of these interruptions came in the form of email and I have since decided that emails are the devil’s work. All someone has to do is have a thought, write that thought or question in an email ,usually because they are feeling “productive” and send it to me.
Right there, that person just fucked me out of an hour of my time.