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If you don’t have seem to get enough time to earn and living and do the things that you like then you’re working too hard. You owe it to yourself to spend as much time as possible on fulfilling your needs on the company’s clock. So far I’ve covered:
Why You Need To Lookout for Number One. In this post, I’ll be covering the second barrier to personal growth on company time: setting an expectation of how fast you can work and having to live upto it.
Barrier 2: Don’t Work Too Fast
People will base their expectations of us on their perception of what you have done in the past. Did you rush to complete that task in two hours of being asked to do it or did you say that you’d complete it by tomorrow?
Understand: you have direct control over how people perceive you, by setting a high expectation for yourself, any future tasks you do may be considered ‘late’ or ‘slack’ if you’ve taken longer then the time people expected you to take.
Double your deadline times – Think you can do it in one day? Then make you say it will take you two. By overestimating the time you need for a task this will allow you to still complete the task as quickly as possible and leave you with remaining time to further your agenda whilst still having a plausible ‘task you’re busy completing’
Set correct precedents – in any relationship it’s easier to set an expectation then change it. Make a conscious effort to set a precedent that doesn’t conflict with your ability to work on your personal growth.
Have a routine – ‘the best place to hide is out in the open’. Inconsistency will arouse suspicion. If you work for the first half of the day then want to read for the second half, don’t go and hide away somewhere as this will just make people curious. Better to stay where you are and take steps to disguise what you’re doing as work-related.
Know what’s required and do the bare minimum – Productive Slacking will only really be possible if you have some level of autonomy. Observe and understand what you need to do in order to keep your boss happy, once they are satisfied that they can show some sort of ‘results’ to their boss then you should be able to stay under the radar without any problem.
Resist the urge to shine – this is one I’ve always had trouble with. When we are good as something we want people to know. Resist the urge to show off, delay that instant gratification and instead think of the bigger picture. Let someone else have that meaningless praise while you sit quietly learning and growing.
Continue to Part 3: Let Details Tell the Story