Work -- a simple four-letter word that, for the most part, has a negative connotation, and most people dread going to work each day. Why? Work is viewed as difficult and we tend to suffer through it. But it doesn't have to be that way. Let's say you enjoy talking. You can talk all day long to clients, doing interviews and podcasts, etc. Is it work? Yes. Do you enjoy it? Yes. Is that a negative thing? No. Having fun with an aspect of your job doesn't mean you aren't working. You view it as fun and, therefore, don't feel as though you've accomplished anything (although you actually have). We tend to associate work with a sense of accomplishment. Take email, for example. You receive an email, you act upon it and/or respond, and you've accomplished something, right? And because we feel a sense of accomplishment and productivity, we view it as work.
If we have to do a task (email), it's work. If we want to do something (talking), it's for our enjoyment. But, how do we change that mindset? Following the notion of freedom -- hence, FreedomMakers -- what changes can you make to feel more productive without dreading work? Are you tied to the notion of an 8 hour work day in order to feel you've accomplished something? Try thinking of it in a different way -- how many hours a month do you want to work? Set that as your goal. Some days you may work 4 hours while on another day you may work 12. But, at the end of the month, have your met your goal and did you accomplish the tasks you set? Give yourself permission to be flexible. Shift away from measuring productivity in time to measuring it in tasks completed. And figure out how to do less through reducing your tasks and/or outsourcing. Ultimately, shift your mindset from "have to do" to "want to do".
In this video, I discuss how I view "work" as a bad thing. If I'm having fun, regardless of the impact on my business, I don't see it as an accomplishment. Only when I'm doing something I don't enjoy do I view it as "work" and, therefore, productive. You'll hear about how I try to reframe "work" so it's something I don't dread. And I'll share tips I learned in a discussion at the Business Referral Network of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy talking and making videos, so is this work? Have I accomplished a task? Am I being productive? Yes!