I have said for years that working 9 to 5 is over, balance or no balance is not the issue and those who have an entrepreneurial mind will be just fine. Those who think like a corporate coward, hiding in their office and playing the corporate game will fail. Why? It is simple.
Business is no longer done in the corner office of a high rise. Sales are being closed at coffee shops, in airport lounges and on conference calls in the middle of the night.
This business of working M-F, 9 to 5 is so last season I can’t believe there are people who are actually still living this life. Sure - I am all about having a life, having balance and making choices. For this exact reason I have embraced the new work life and I actually have more freedom than ever.
So how do you do it? Here are my hot tips:
- Stop working for the clock and start working for results: sure there will be days you can get out of the office early but there will be days when you have to get that proposal out, make a late call to a country that is just getting up and finish the project that needs more attention.
- Work wherever you are. As I write this I am sitting on my bed in a Hyatt Hotel in Cleveland, OH. The news is on, the coffee is on my bedside table and my laptop is where it should be – on my lap! I work where and when I need to in order to get the job done.
- Map out your day based on the biggest wins. Sales calls in the morning and projects/administrative duties in the afternoon.
- Use the old adage of ‘plan your work and work your plan.’ It has been around for years, but in today’s crazy world of emails, texts, IM, social media, etc. we see more people struggling with time management when technology today should make things easier to manage.
- Stop complaining about how busy and stressed out you are. Just get on with it and hit your targets. It is that simple. I laugh when I hear people say, “I can’t take it anymore, I am going out on my own.” Good luck my friends – If you think you are overwhelmed now, wait until you have to do it all.
Stop and focus on one thing at a time, finish what you start and always remember: more is not always best if you take charge of your results and own up to what you can accomplish. Enjoy the weekend and don’t stress if you have to finalize a project in-between Sunday brunch and pool time!