Are you asking yourself “Who has time to do that”? Work on what matters? We all have to laugh sometimes at ourselves when we realize how busy we are and how unsatisfied we feel doing it.
Julian Birkinshaw and Jordan Cohen report (Make Time For Work That Matters) in the September 2013 issue of Harvard Business review a study of enterprise research where they find that knowledge workers spend 41% of their time on “discretionary activities that offer little personal satisfaction and could be handled competently by others”.
Discretionary activities? Huh? Oh, you mean Facebook browsing, checking emails every 5 minutes all day long, browsing my favorite news site? Yep, that's us! So what can we do now that we know we can work on what really matter by limiting these activities?
One expert on the subject suggested that we should schedule our day very precisely. Limit yourself to bout 50 minutes to work on a single task and THAT task only. If you run out of time, schedule more for it tomorrow. Also, consider looking at the tasks at hand. Do they drive new business or grow your own capabilities
Personally, the work I think that is worth doing is work that serves others. It is by far the most enjoyable work of all. And most of the time, it's simply working to share ideas. That really is something I personally want to do myself In the Network Marketing business, the real satisfaction comes from seeing others become far more successful then anything they imagined.
Let's take time to work on what really matters!