There are certain times of year when most of us find it a little harder to keep the same effort going at work. Holiday seasons tend to lead to a slow down, as does the onset of the warmer weather. It can be a big distraction on a hot day looking out the window and picturing yourself sitting on a patio somewhere drinking a cold beer.
It may, or may not, surprise you to know that CEOs and other senior executives have the same thoughts! We are equally enthralled by the prospect of sun on the face, forgetting about the pressures of work and sipping a cold one!
Unfortunately work still needs to get done, clients’ needs must be met and the bills have to be paid … so we can’t give in to temptation. At least not all the time! As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am a big fan of good time management techniques and I also like to think that I am a pragmatic kind of guy. So my answer is to plan for “downtime” … come in a little earlier, work through lunch, be extra productive and then reward yourself with that hour on the patio on a Friday afternoon.
At the end of the day, if you are a professional, most 21st century managers don’t really want to be measuring your effort by looking over your shoulder. They want to see results! If you are delivering results then you will get plenty of slack from management … it is those who are not delivering that will have trouble getting away for the afternoon beer.
The CEO is where the buck stops … if I consider that I can afford to go sit on a patio then I do it. Nobody will do my job while I am gone so whether I do the work before the beer or after may be a mute pint!
The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with rewarding ourselves now and again. The trick is to make sure you have earned the reward! Maybe Friday!!!