I posted this article February 19, 2010, with the title, “A Taste of Friday.” It is my least viewed article. I’d appreciate your honest feedback. Would you take about 1 minute to read it with a critic’s eye? I’m genuinely interested in your input. The pursuit of excellence requires others.
Have you ever had one of those weeks from hell? I know – it’s a dumb question. Everyone’s had a week when Tuesday felt like you’d already worked a week and Friday was only a glimmer on the horizon. I’ve got good news. Grab a party horn, its Friday.
I think you need a taste of Friday every day. Here’s how to get it.
Let’s be real, deadlines and time pressure are normal. Many projects aren’t completed until the eleventh hour or later. However, occasionally projects are completed sooner than expected. Don’t you love it when that happens?
Here’s your problem.
After completing a project early, without thinking, you simply grab the next job and go at it. After all, there are always more projects than time. Let me offer an alternative to “grab and go.”
Here’s a suggestion.
When you finish a job an hour sooner than you expected, shave off 15 minutes for yourself. Stretch your legs, find a private spot and breathe easy, read a chapter in a book, or get a latte.
You don’t have to feel guilty. You work hard every day.
Give yourself a taste of Friday.
For all the pragmatists in the room, there’s benefit to rewarding yourself. You’ll get more done. The author of, “Happy hour is 9 to 5” says, “The single most efficient way to increase your productivity is to be happy at work.”
Finally, a note to the type “A” folks in the room, do this before you blow a heart valve!
Why do you think this is the least read Leadership Freak post?
How would you improve it?
I look forward to your feedback and feedforward.
Community note: I’m delighted to report that LF had nearly 20,000 page views during September. My first goal of 1,000 views a day is getting closer. I know that’s small potatoes when compared to the big boys & girls but you gotta start somewhere. 🙂 Thanks for your participation!