There are 8,760 hours in a year. advertisement advertisement If you work full time, you’ll spend about 2,000 of those focused on your job. Sure, you may spend more than 40 hours at the office most weeks, but you likely take breaks. You take major holidays and sick days off too. Even if your total is higher, it’s not that much higher, and whatever you intend to accomplish professionally will have to be achieved, more or less, within that time. So how do you intend to spend next year’s 2,000 hours? I find this a fascinating question, and one we often don’t think about as we plan our years. Time passes whether we’re aware of how we’re spending it or not, so we often spend it mindlessly. That’s why, if you believe the stats, you could spend 560 hours (28%), on email. Each recurring meeting doesn’t seem like a big deal on its own, but they stack up. Twelve hours a week cost 600 hours per year. Spend an hour a day reading random stuff … [Read more...] about How To Budget Next Year’s 2,000 Working Hours
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Welcome to the “Ask Erica” column from Levo. As Levo’s Career Advice editor, I’ll be sharing some of my best tips and insider info with you. advertisement I started working at a big company this past April. I have a great job with big responsibilities and challenges, which I love. But I’ve just been granted a scholarship to study in Germany for my master’s degree. I know that I have many opportunities to grow in this company, and for my age, I think it’s a great accomplishment to be in the position I’m in. But studying overseas has been a goal of mine for a while. What should I do? Even though you’re happy with your current job, you applied to this program for a reason, right? It’s OK to love your job but still be curious about what other opportunities are out there—it’s how you learn and grow! What it sounds like to me is that you really want to study abroad, but you’re nervous about taking the … [Read more...] about Should I Quit My Job To Pursue A Grad Program Abroad?
You’ve worked long and hard to get to your level, and now your working life reflects it. You always have a seat at the strategy table, people are constantly contacting you for feedback and approval, and your travel calendar is busier than it’s ever been. advertisement advertisement All that is fine–and to a certain extent, those rituals and routines are necessary. But they can hit a point of diminishing returns. The most effective leaders are those who can constantly reevaluate those executive norms rather than be consumed by them. From long hours to back-to-back meetings and and constant travel, here’s a look at the common habits that can gum the works, and how to prevent that. 1. Long Hours For Their Own Sake If you assume that you’ll need to work late, you probably will. As the well-known adage of Parkinson’s law states, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Thinking you can always book more … [Read more...] about Three Productivity-Killing Routines Most Leaders Fall Into
Goals can be good. They give us focus, helping us know when to say yes and when to say no. That’s why we set such a wide range of them–for the next day, the next week, the next month, and even the next year and beyond. But you can’t stay focused all the time. And much the way your muscles need time to repair and get stronger after an intense workout, so does your brain. advertisement advertisement Without those rest periods, you’re likely to burn out. In fact, one thing that often gets lost in conversations about time management and productivity is the importance of recovery. We need to set ourselves rest periods at regular intervals the same way we set goals–otherwise, good luck accomplishing them! Here’s how to put a recovery plan in place to allay the daily, weekly, and monthly wear and tear that leads to burnout. Daily Rest And Recovery Regulate your energy. You’ve already heard that working with, rather than against, your … [Read more...] about Your Daily, Weekly, And Monthly Burnout-Recovery Plans
We write a lot about the culture of overwork and the perils of burnout. This is no way to be productive. advertisement advertisement Journalist and author Brigid Schulte explains that today’s workplace culture rewards people who work all hours and put their lives outside of work on the back burner. Dr. Emerson Wickwire, an expert on sleep, also says that the less hours we have between work and bedtime, the less time we have to wind down. This is bad, he explains, because “creativity and innovation need space to emerge.” As Co.Design writer Shaunacy Ferro explains, “working into the wee hours makes me a zombie. And zombies don’t come up with very clever headlines.” Busyness may not equate to getting more done, but is cutting down on the time we spend working a feasible solution? To find out we challenged ourselves last week to set a stopping time for work each day, a purported motivator to get important things done more quickly. And even … [Read more...] about Why Rectifying Our Culture Of Overwork Is Easier Said Than Done