More time at work

How do I create more time at work?  My diary always seems to be full though this is mostly my fault.  I tell myself that there are some things that I must attend and there are others that I would like to.  The truth is though that if I wasn’t there life would still carry on.

The reason I would like more time is to be able to do more of the things I enjoy.  After all, as James D Watson, one of the co-discovers of the structure of DNA said ‘It is necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant’.  I need to do less to do more.

I cannot change time and I cannot clone myself (dread the very thought) and I don’t want to work longer and so the only answer is to stop doing things I don’t enjoy.

The book ‘Screw Work, Let’s Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It’ by John Williams is clearly getting to me.

Looking though my diary last week I officially worked for forty two and a half hours. Not too bad for a thirty seven hour week.  Of that time, I spent six hours doing presentations to the team, nineteen and a half hours in formal meetings (with more than one other person), five and a half hours in one-to-ones and four hours travelling.  On the Friday I spent six hours in a joint NICT and Socitm meeting.

That left two and a half hours of generally loafing about, including eating.  This week had some specific things in it that don’t occur every week though it wasn’t too dissimilar from most weeks I have when working.

Cutting down is going to be hard yet the obvious place to look is at the formal meetings and travel.  A ten percent reduction will lead to a doubling of my free time.  Surely taking six minutes out per hour can’t be that much of a challenge.  Of course the easiest thing would be to not go in the first place.  I need to give this some thought and concentrate my effort where it is most needed.

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