Familiar options – some old, some new, some finishing, some starting, some meetings – as if they are inescapable.
Perhaps you’ve heard of this – some companies allocate 10-25% of work time for ‘employee’s own pet projects/ideas’. They champion great staff retention, improved morale and innovative products/services emerging from that ‘personal project time’.
Take a day. OK, it doesn’t have to be this Monday, but some Monday.
Take Monday (OK, be oddball, take Thursday if you like).
Don’t tell your boss, or anyone.
You ARE the boss.
What? You think you aren’t?
I argue you are. Whether you work for yourself or if you are relegated to being a tiny spec on some large enterprise org-chard, you are the boss of your brain. If you are out of work, then running your brain is a 24/7 opportunity.
Someone might dictate where your body must sit or stand, your hours of work, responsibilities etc.. Nobody dictates thoughts.
Take a day.
Think for a day.
Think freely, think independently, think about whatever you want. Turn your energy and attention toward something that is all you.
For advanced players – this game can become even more fun.
Try it three days a week. Or five. Or seven.
Thinking has rarely been a good cause for dismissal, so when you think about it, this is a low risk activity. And high reward.
Or, your could just go through the motions all week …
Become your own personal project.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 16C/61F (warmest day of the year so far …), clear skies and birds chorus welcoming dawn, awesome feeling – air/sky/breeze – and then off to the gym for the first time in several weeks … injured foot working fine!
If we knew we had do-overs in life would we do things differently? Would we take more chances? Would we be more bold? For every action there is both a positive and negative reaction. I try to make decisions keeping that in mind; being prepared for both the positive and the negative; the pros and the cons. Doesn't always work out the way I want but then I am not fond of spoiled people who seem to get their way all the time. GW, Bon Wier, Tx.