Could limiting the amount of time you have to do things, actually make you a more efficient, happier person? Our Chairman Mark Davies believes so.
In recent days I have struggled to do the urgent things I need to do. With a little reflection on my approach and some self-criticism, I realise that I’m very much more efficient whilst on holiday than I am when I am in work.
But the question is, why is my holiday me so much better than the normal me? Why am I able to do more in 20 minutes each day than I can in 12 hours normally? In short how can I be 36 times more effective?
Let me set the scene for you: I am very careful with my time, and I value it a huge amount; I am happy to work hard, but I also want to see friends, family and have some time for hobbies and messing about. So I am diligent with my time while at work. But, I am much better at managing my time on holiday!
On holiday I have 20 minutes each day to do my emails, voicemails and any reading I might need to do. This intense focus means that I don’t waste any of that time. I only read the emails that I need to read, respond to as few as is possible, and mark read all the emails that I get that are just silly and banal. In practice, 90% of my emails fall into the silly and banal category.
I also have the tremendous advantage that my colleagues are fabulous and really value my time whilst I’m on holiday. It means that I only receive emails that are actually important, where people want my view, or I need to deal with a client enquiry.
The final part of the jigsaw is that whilst on holiday I am much more relaxed, less tired and much more clearheaded than I normally am in work. This means I am very much more productive, more precise, and less likely to go off on a tangent (which I consider an endearing foible, and most colleagues consider a crippling weakness).
In conclusion, I have dedicated myself to acting like my focused, holiday persona. I hope I’m going to achieve it and look for a holiday Mark to the rather more humdrum workaday normal Mark.