Mindless work.

Ever had a moment nothing seems to go well? Or a day where you don’t feel the need to do anything?

I guess we all have these moments from time to time. Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so. It might overcome you at the wrong time or place but it’s not as worse as you think. Why do we have those moments? We are tired after a busy week or we had a rough weekend. Maybe it’s because someone said something wrong or you did something that causes trouble and now you’re afraid of doing something else.

In fact, all of the above reasons don’t matter. The point is to fill this time as effective as possible. If you are tired, it’s better to take a nap and continue your work the next day. At first, it will look like some time wasted but you will see that you might as well gain some time. When you are tired, your brain will not be creative or able to think fast enough. The consequence is that you spend more time on your work without delivering more quality. Sometimes when you’re brain is tired, you will not feel the need to go get a nap. What to do then? That is the perfect time to do some mindless work like scanning all your paper notes or cleaning your desk. Maybe you have some slumbering tasks you postponed for a couple of weeks? This is the perfect time to get rid of those. Performing those little tasks will free your mind and provide you with some positive energy to continue the rest of the day.

How do you manage the moments you’re tired? Let me know in the comments!

Only do what only you can do.

Last week, someone was telling that he did a lot of work in his house by himself. Painting, installing electrics, breaking walls… You can save a lot of money by doing so. That is true, at least for some of us.

Not everyone is as handy as he would like, but still a lot of people are renovating their houses themselves. Why? To save money? That might be a valid reason but did you ever made your own bill? You still need the materials and you have to spend your own time painting or whatever else. Time is money you know. But I agree, if you can do it yourself it will be cheaper. But I don’t like to paint. So why should I be forced to do this? There are plenty of people that make their living from it. If you choose to hire someone to paint your house while you are sleeping, you could better try painting yourself. But what if you could do something else? Something you like and you can get paid for? Maybe you are good in webdesign or translations.

A couple of years ago, someone told me that you should only do what only you can do. I think that is a great thing to strive for. It is not an easy thing since you will always be tempted to do things you should not do. The same thing counts at work. Everyone has his own strenghts and you should focus on those.

So my advice is to do what you love to do and delegate what you don’t like.

Some reading tips about this topic:
What Tasks Should You Delegate First? – Michael Hyatt (blogpost)
How to Avoid Doing Everyone Else’s Job. – Craig Jarrow (blogpost)