Since the adoption of the 40-hour work week, most workers have been expected to put in eight hours of work a day. But that time-based benchmark misses the point of why people are employed in the first place.
Work isn’t just all about working.
In his Inc.com article, “Getting Things Done: It’s Not the Same as Being Busy,” Paul B. Brown clarifies the mistaken virtue of hard work using tips garnered from John Wooden, a UCLA Basketball coach. Wooden points out that a good day shouldn’t be one when you were busy — a good day is when you accomplished something.
You never want to confuse activity with accomplishment. — John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach (1964-1975)
Too many people seem to think they’re being employed to just show up and occupy an office cubicle for 2400 minutes a week when, in reality, they’re being employed to actually accomplish things — two decidedly different goals.
Despite what many people seem to think, they aren’t hired just to answer emails, file paperwork, or complete training materials. They’re hired to be productive, that is, to do their part of the company’s larger, profit-making effort (and sometimes that includes answering emails, filing paperwork, or completing training materials). (continued…)