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MCR 026: I Can’t Stop Working (Part 2)

by Jesse Lahey on May 3, 2012

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Overworked man removing tie.Age-Activated Attention-Deficit Disorder. I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 2). Hootcha!

Age-Activated Attention-Deficit Disorder

AAADD is a serious disorder that we believe is caused by multi-tasking. We know it’s serious because we learned about it from the Car Talk guys.

I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 2)

Based on what’s been helpful to him, Jesse shares four suggestions to manage how much you work.

1. Understand the importance of your other priorities.

Michael Hyatt does a great job discussing the why and how of managing your priorities in his podcast This Is Your Life episode 009, “Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?

In his book When Work and Family Collide, Andy Stanley says that for anyone who has spouse and kids, family “is your only unique responsibility. On the marketplace side of the equation, you’re expendable. Even if you own your own company, you’re expendable. You know that.”

2. Have a designated time and place for work.

A great resource to help you set boundaries for your work is Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success.

3. Understand what’s behind your drive to work so much.

  • Is it your own fears? Trust problem? Cultural validation? Fear of missing an opportunity? I only matter when….
  • Is it the culture of your company or team? Your boss? (Jesse’s story of first job out of school)
  • Is it a specific season of life or of the year? Breadwinner? (Healthy tension)
  • Are you just working from prior programming / work habits?

4. Make the most of the time you do spend working.

  • Choose work that you’re passionate about.
  • Play to your strengths. Choose work that allows you to spend 80% of the time in a good fit with the way you are wired. (For example, Jesse most enjoys creative work and interacting with other people, with about a 50/50 split on solo work vs. team work. He is good at detailed and management work too, but if that consumes the majority of his work time, he gets burned out.)
  • Delegate anything that someone else could do better or cheaper than you, or at least roughly as good as you.
  • Remember the Pareto (80/20) principle so that you are focusing 80% of your time on what produces the most important results. Focus on results that matter, not just achievement or (even worse) activity.
  • Beware of multi-tasking. Focus on one thing at a time, for maximum productivity and work satisfaction. See How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking.

Hootcha!

It’s not easy keeping up with teenage kids, but that doesn’t stop Jesse from trying.

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MCR-025: I Can’t Stop Working (Part 1)

by Jesse Lahey on April 26, 2012

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Overworked ManTop 10 things I’d do if I became an evil overlord. What went right & wrong during the half-marathon. I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1). Man Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool.

Top 10 Things I’d Do If I Became an Evil Overlord

Keep these in mind if you ever find yourself as the bad guy in a James Bond flick.

What Went Right & Wrong During the Half-Marathon

J.J. and Jesse and four other buddies completed the Glass City Marathon’s half-marathon event. J.J. led our team and beat his personal record by about 15 minutes — on our show, he shares his secret. Jesse ran one of his worst races ever, and he shares what he did wrong that made the race harder and less enjoyable.

I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1)

Jesse shares a brief audio clip from The Successful Life Mindset podcast episode 030, “Living in the Now,” when hosts Cliff Ravenscraft and Tracy Yost talked about their personal struggles to keep their working hours in check relative to their other priorities. It’s an issue Jesse has also struggled with throughout his career.

Based on what’s been helpful to him, Jesse shares four suggestions to manage how much you work.

  1. Understand the importance of your other priorities. Michael Hyatt does a great job discussing the why and how of managing your priorities in his podcast This Is Your Life episode 009, “Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?” In his book When Work and Family Collide, Andy Stanley says that for anyone who has spouse and kids, family “is your only unique responsibility. On the marketplace side of the equation, you’re expendable. Even if you own your own company, you’re expendable. You know that.”
  2. Have a designated time and place for work.  A great resource to help you set boundaries for your work is Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success.

Don’t miss next week’s episode, as we discuss suggestions #3 and #4:

  1. Understand what’s behind your drive to work so much.
  2. Make the most of the time you do spend working.

CRKT Multi-ToolMan Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool

As featured in the May issue of Popular Mechanics, the CRKT Multi-Tool 9200 ($50 retail, but currently only $31 on Amazon) includes a utility knife and other blades, saw, wrench, wire stripper, spring-loaded screwdrivers, and bottle opener. It fits comfortably in your pocket, includes a belt clip, and has an ergonomic handle.

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Don’t Get Stuck at the Wrong Stage of Leadership

Mar 19, 2012

In Thought Patterns of a Great Leader I explained the three most common motivations: Achievement (concerned with completing tasks), Affiliation (concerned with being liked), and Impact (concerned with influencing people). I also shared how if you are driven primarily by the Impact motive, you are more likely to be a successful leader. However, you are even […]

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MCR-015: Getting Lucky — Lessons from the South Pole

Feb 10, 2012
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Getting Lucky In his latest book, Great by Choice, Jim Collins and his research team analyze why some companies are able to thrive even in difficult circumstances and unstable environments — for example, how did Southwest Airlines have huge growth and profitably from 1972-2002, a period when most other airlines were struggling and even going bankrupt? […]

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