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Practice Reducing Your Work Week by 38 Hours

Jan 3, 2008
How do you get rid of 38 hours from your work week? The lesson is that you have to start practicing more time effective methods.

To get your week's work done in only two hours, you'll need a breakthrough solution. Let's look for one.

Combine Perspectives from Similar Ideal Practices

Think about times you've seen individuals perform near perfection on a regular basis. My favorite example is remembering to leave work rather than spending the night there.

Look at your examples to see where a general approach could be used to create a breakthrough in something you do now. List at least five such general approaches.

Here are two examples: After Christmas people take off the ornaments and remove their Christmas trees, and few people send Christmas cards after December 25. The principle is that people use a signal from the date on a calendar to tell them it's time to move on to do something different from what they have just been doing.

Now let's apply that principle. Let's say that you want customers to leave feeling happy at the time you want them to go. How might you create such a result?

One possibility is to hold a formal ceremony that brings the work day to an end. This might be reading a poem that thanks the customers for coming, a moment when you present them with little gifts, or singing a good-bye song.

Combine Perspectives from Dissimilar Ideal Practices

Examine your examples of people doing things near perfectly again to see places where two or more practices provide different principles that could be combined to create a breakthrough for you. List at least five different combination approaches.

Here's one example: You probably eat enough to keep from fainting due to hunger. Why? Your body gives you a clue when it's time to eat by making you hungry.

You probably also remember to buy food for the refrigerator except on days when you are very sick. Why? You know you are going to get hungry several times a day and it is easier and cheaper to keep some food around than to shop each time you are hungry.

Let's look for a possible application of those observations. Perhaps you want to do better at following through with practicing some important activity. How might the preceding observations help you?

Let's say that your goal is to learn to delegate more tasks. You could tie the timing of when you delegate to when you are hungry and to when you go shopping for food. In this way, you use a reliable, stronger habit to build a new habit.

Take this approach with making time-shaving changes at work, and you'll soon be finding lots of time available to work on what you care about in your personal life instead of always working long hours.
About the Author
Donald Mitchell is an author of seven books including Adventures of an Optimist, The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution, and The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook. Read about creating breakthroughs through 2,000 percent solutions and receive tips by e-mail by registering for free at

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