I track my time with the app, Rescue Time and I’ve noticed lately that I haven’t been putting in those 90 hour work weeks like I was doing awhile back. Partially because I’ve been out of town the last month and because I started using my time at night to play video games, listen to podcasts and read the news. I know, crazy right? Using my non-work hours for leisure… doesn’t sound like me at all. And truthfully I feel kind of guilty about it. Shouldn’t I be spending my time moving forward and growing the business? Maybe… pushing hard and going full steam ahead was working; we were getting shit done at LooseKeys. But it was coming at a bit of a price; I know I was starting to feel burnt out. That’s one reason we started treating 20% of the work week as independent project time. When you take your mind off work, no matter how much you love it as I do, you can come up with some great ideas for new projects.
Working in our field, its important to nurture creativity in every way we can. Giving our minds a break now and then is beneficial; allowing our minds to wander can help us to approach things differently. I’ve also noticed that just knowing I’m not going to be working on something later that night allows me to have focus during the day and to stop procrastinating. Work smarter not harder, right? No matter how guilty I might feel, I know its probably for the best. I have to enjoy that free time.