When and where you work plays a massive role in your happiness. If you are reactive to your work schedule, you will feel like you are always behind. I believe that if you want to be the best leader you can be, you have create a work schedule that serves you. Yes, you have to work to lead your team, but how you work and when you work matters. Let me share with you some tips about your work schedule that you can leverage to improve your effectiveness. I share a story about my work schedule that will help you create your ideal work schedule.
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Work Schedule Fit Your Lifestyle: The Transcript
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Today we’re talking about your work schedule. You know how you plan your days how you plan your weeks how you get work done your schedule becomes a very central part to your success and effectiveness as a leader. And even there’s just as a worker and you want to make sure that you have the right intentions around your schedule. So in this episode, we’re going to unpack some of the key things behind my schedule some of the things I work with my clients have seen work and we’ll be sharing that with you today, on today’s episode
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So today is all about your work schedule and by your work schedule, I really mean your whole schedule because you want to make sure that you’re intentionally putting in there the things that are important to you and your family. I’m a very family-centered person. I want to make sure that I’m there for my wife my son my dogs and I also wanna make sure I’m there for me. From a physical standpoint make sure I’m taking care of myself but I also have to get the work done. So we’re going to walk through just a few of the key areas around your schedule that I have seen be a huge benefit for me and my clients.
The first one is really understanding what I call your hours of genius the time when you are at your highest level of intellectual capability creativity you’re able to think better during a certain two or three hours a day. For me, it’s in the morning usually about 8 o’clock too by [11:00]. I really can kind of get in the zone. My focus is the highest level doing that but when is there for you. When do you work best if you really understand when you work best than you want to really put some guardrails around those time periods.
So if you work best in the afternoon if you work best in the late morning if you work best at night then you want to make sure that you set yourself up to play at the highest optimal level which is being very intentional about the kind of work that you put inside that I don’t do a whole bunch of emails in the early mornings when I’m at my highest capacity for intellectual thought. Some emails take that intellectual thought but most of them don’t. And I really do find that I write better in the mornings.
I really don’t write anything in the afternoons. I never wrote my book in the afternoons and I just really believe that if you understand you’re your zone of genius those hours that which you play at your highest level your highest intellectual capability then you can set up your schedule for success. Another thing around schedules creating theme days I find that I lose a lot when I’m switching the context switching of your schedule your work schedule. If you set up days where you do certain things certain activities then you can begin to stockpile the projects and the little tasks that go into that so that you can do them all together.
I do a lot of recording on the same day. I do a lot of my writings on the same day I do client work on the same day’s little story behind this. When I first was introduced this was through a coach and through you know just kind of designing your ideal life and your ideal work. I thought I couldn’t do it. I thought that my clients would not allow me to be able to do coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now I do have some exceptions behind that for travel schedules for on both sides and there are certain reasons why I would do it outside that.
But I really try to fit every one of my clients into Tuesday and Thursday and it really does help create some structure for the business. So having certain theme days will really help you back to the story I just set back and I thought it wouldn’t be possible for me but I thought I’d get a try and it turned out to be a really huge benefit for the business because I was able to create the flow I needed from meeting to meeting and create the kind of energy for those days. Tuesdays and Thursdays end up being very difficult for me.
And so it’s really important to do that. So your schedule should be comprised of your hours of genius and then also your theme days that are really important in certain projects should go on certain days. Now I’m going to leave the last one here but it really is the thing that you probably want to pay attention to first which is you know yourself and your family if you are not scheduling in your family then you’re missing that opportunity to be intentional about how you treat them and how you show up for them.
I’m very keen on my clients being there for their families but I’m also very keen for them you know taking time off themselves whether that be working out whether that be reading but whether it be taking a walk or massages whatever it may be. If you have all of those things in place you’d have some real guardrails around it and real structure as a leader you can be more effective and you can get more done in a big way. And here’s the thing. You can teach your employees the same kind of structure you can use this podcast episode or you can use anything that you need to create more focused work for them and the higher intellectual capabilities and you just had to have a conversation about now when they do their best work and about what’s best for their families and they will love you for and you will be the leader who leads that they will marry you too.
So I just thought I’d share some of these concepts around the work schedule with you. I’d really love to be very intentional about my own work schedule and I find it gets overbooked from time to time and I feel that pressure.
So any pressure you’re feeling right now you can leave it by being really intentional. Now I do have a resource if you want to be more productive. Just go to Jean Hemet dot com or slash productive and you’ll get three tools that I use with clients to help them get clawback at that time you’d be very intentional about the work they’re doing. They come from bestselling authors and from the best interviews after hundreds and hundreds of interviews so just go to Jean Hemet dot com or slash productive and you can get that download as always leave with courage. We’ll see you next time.
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