Here’s the thing, if you do your best work at night then just do your work at night. For most days of the week, like the four days where I don’t have scheduled calls, I pretty much start work at 9 or 10 at night and do half an hour or an hour. And that’s it for the day. And I’m not going to touch it. I’m not spending any time in my office. But it’s all around this association of guilt.
We’ve got to disconnect this idea that time spent working is good. It’s got to be effective time. You can do more in 30 minutes, or one hour of absolute pure focused activity that’s aligned to the outcome, versus just keeping busy. And this is a big lesson. And it took me many, many years to get this. Like, now I can be the dad in the playground while my kid is on the swing and my phone is in the pocket. Where all the moms – typically, it’s moms down at the park during the weekday – they’re on their phone while their kids running around on the loose, you know?
Get the device away, spend that time doing what you really should be doing, and focus intently even if that’s a non-work activity. If it’s baking a cake, or if it’s visiting family, then do that. So that when you are working, you can just do that. You’ve got to be so purely focused on the thing you’re doing that nothing else matters. And that’s why I think you could probably quite comfortably halve the number of work hours you do in a week if you spend good work hours, okay? It’s such a huge difference.
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