The 40-Hour Work Week is Dead
You are your own boss, so why are you still working the same hours as a corporate gig? Today, we’re going to talk about why the 40-hour work week is obsolete and inefficient. As entrepreneurs, we just don’t need it any more. You can get as much work done (if not more) in less time! Why are we holding ourselves to a standard that is obsolete and doing it in our businesses where we’re our own bosses?
The standard work week is built on early industrial organizations where it was more efficient for companies to operate within a set number of hours, and owners wanted to get the most physical possible from each employees. This is not the age we live in any longer. Automation and technological advancements have made this mindset outdated and obsolete.
These six simple steps will liberate you from an old-fashioned working stigma and put your wants and needs first.
“Let’s make sure that we have a life and we design our lives in a way that our business fits in and not the other way around.”
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In this episode Avani talks about:
- Where the 40-hour work week came from and why it’s irrelevant in today’s world.
- How you, as an entrepreneur, are different than a 9-5 employee.
- Why you need to take back your time from work, and how it will benefit your life.
1. Designate theme days in your week
I think theme days are really game changing because it allows us to focus on certain things and think a certain way on those specific days. If you are constantly switching the way you’re thinking, you’re losing energy! Try and group all your similar tasks for one day, so you can make the most of your mindset.
2. Plan around your life
Take a step back from your busy schedule and find out what is important to you, then design your week around that. Life is too short to be completely consumed by your work. Put yourself and your health first.
3. Use your creative surges to your advantage
We’re not always going to have great ideas or feel creative, and that’s ok. It’s ok to work during nontraditional hours. If you feel that creative surge coming on, take advantage of it and get some work done, even if it’s outside regular business hours.
4. Treat your desk as a sacred space
Take charge of your time and don’t procrastinate. If you’re at your desk, eliminate distractions and focus on your tasks. One hour can be equivalent to three hours of a typical 9-5 employee if you concentrate.
5. Prioritize your tasks
This one is critical. If you don’t put a hierarchy around your tasks, there’s no way you will be able to organize what you need to be working on right now. Figure out the ROI for your tasks and organize them appropriately.
6. Prioritize your inbox
A million emails can feel overwhelming. You need to go through and triage your inbox and figure out what is actually important and what is just stressing you out. Figure out who needs responses and what can go in the trash. It will lighten your load significantly.