As many of us are still working from home, the reflections around flexibility at work are now more important than ever
We speak with our resident wellbeing expert, Dr. Steven MacGregor about the importance of finding a groove while home working.
Mapping out your typical day
Work-based time audit
Replicate this table to try it for yourself:
“I don’t have time!” is a frequent refrain in modern-day, professional life. Yet, a reflection such as this will help you identify if you are spending the time you do have wisely. Perhaps change will include cutting away the unimportant tasks, delegating to others, or simply finding a new time to do things to be more efficient. I have yet to find a case in my coaching work where a close look at the 168 hours available in a week does not offer the space to live a more productive professional life that optimizes wellness.
American author Laura Vanderkam tested her own limits as a working mother of 4 children in the New York Times article ‘The Busy Person’s Lies.’ She logged over 17,000 half-hour blocks in a full year to analyze exactly how she was spending her time, discovering that, while she was indeed busy, there was still plenty of space left. She concluded that there is no contradiction between a full life that also has space.
It’s easy to get dragged along with what, on the surface, may seem like a worsening world situation. We can choose to feel powerless in the face of such factors as infection rates and lockdown. Yet, we can also choose to take our power back. Start with the above exercises. Gain deeper insight into your own working patterns. Find your own groove.
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