|Is it working smart or being a clockwatcher?|
So I asked her how she ever gets everything done in such a short time, especially as, in my view, a new business needs lots of work and time.
And she told me that she does achieve the objectives that she sets for herself for the day, in the time she allocates for work. And she flatly refuses to work longer hours, she said, because it will just stress her.
I'm still dealing with the consequences of stress in my work life: developing an ulcer, sometimes being too tired to even be interested in work. And there's no doubt in my mind that I need to get better organised : write more in less time, spend less time at the computer, do critical tasks first so the sky does not fall if work overflows to another day, allocate more leisure time, be more physically active, eat better... okay... that's a long wish list. But ja, I do need to slow down while accomplishing more.
But, I also continue to believe that hard work is needed to launch and grow a small business. And I still believe that working for yourself sometimes means giving up some personal time to accomplish certain goals.
Am I perhaps too entrenched in the "hard work" mindset and should heed my friend's point ( that is should be done during working hours and if it isn't, it can wait for tomorrow). Or is my friend's view of "working smart" just a good excuse for not putting in more effort than mimum in a task?