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Take 38 Hours Off from Your Work Week and Still Get the Same Results

Jan 3, 2008
To get your week's work done in 38 hours less, you'll need a breakthrough solution. But to find that breakthrough you'll need to begin by thinking differently about the opportunity. For instance, you now may not believe that your boss would pay you the same if you only worked two hours a week. Those who negotiate performance-based pay before making such time eliminations will find the change creates no problem.

One mental change you need to make is to believe that near-perfect performance is possible. Here's an example: In corporate communications, an ideal practice would mean having all employees receive, understand, and act on a message in appropriate ways within a few seconds. We know that's possible because those seeing a fire, smelling smoke, and hearing a fire alarm in a building will respond appropriately in that amount of time. By comparison, your organization's performance today represents a tiny fraction of what is possible.

Put high performing people into an organization, and it's often like removing 99 percent of their effectiveness. That's the negative result that follows from employing poorly designed processes.

Although near-perfect results are being made by individuals all the time, chances are that you don't notice the near perfection at all. Instead, your focus is probably on what isn't working well . . . and becoming either frustrated or annoyed. That's just natural. Imperfection sticks out while perfection is virtually unrecognizable unless you search for it.

Get the Message of Why Near-Perfection Routinely Occurs

Here are questions that my clients and students have found to be mind-opening. These questions provide the key to finding exponential success for saving time.

-What are 85 examples of how individuals perform near perfectly?

-What are 85 examples of how groups perform near perfectly?

-Why do these near-perfect performances occur?

-What's missing from your organization's approach to its most important tasks for your organization to improve to near-perfect performance?

Here's an example to get you started: Employees are very effective at taking holidays off. Rarely do employees come to work on holidays unless bosses require it. Why?

Unless employees are very devoted to their work or extremely forgetful, they look forward to and need time off from work on holidays. In addition, many holidays involve favorite personal activities that they are looking forward to doing.

Many examples of near-perfection draw on the following elements: It's a natural instinct; people enjoy doing it; the consequences of not doing it are negative; people understand the consequences and know how to avoid them.

Start working on how you can accomplish 20 times more in the time you spend working while reducing how much time you work. It's a life-enhancing combination!
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

http://www.2000percentsolution.com .
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