From the author:
Caught in the treadmill?
Often we feel rushed, driven, clamped in the treadmill. "That's not what I imagined." Let's just say ourselves. "And that, although I actually like my job and have chosen him voluntarily."
It is exactly like that. But you are far freer than you think. Do not you believe? See for yourself: Because every profession contains very specific laws. No matter which one you take.
How to get out of addiction
Let us take as an example the dentist who has set up his own business to offer dentistry according to his taste and to be his own master. However he turns it around, he will make appointments with his patients. At this time, he and his entire practice have to function. Punktum. Otherwise he will have had patients for the longest time. Imagine that the dentist comes and goes whenever it suits him, because the fixed patient appointments limit his freedom.
It is completely irrelevant in which form the dentist offers his service. Whether as an employee or as a self-employed person. He will have to adhere to the regular patient appointment if he has to generate his income from it. However, during the treatment appointment, he is very free in his way of working, his service, his dealings with patients and employees, his practice and process design.
Dependencies can have a liberating effect
So it doesn't do anything for the dentist Sense to feel that the agreed treatment appointments are depriving him of his freedom. Because no matter how he will offer dentistry, he will make appointments in some way. But our dentist can feel very free, especially because of the treatment appointments, which are perceived as restrictive.
Because a busy schedule is the best proof of his good reputation and thus his surely good income. Only through the full schedule and his personal commitment to time and place can he create freedoms that are not possible for everyone. He can arrange the opening hours of his practice as much as he likes, as well as the times in which he closes the practice for vacation and further training.
This is exactly what you can do
No matter what profession you are doing. Ask yourself this:
- Have you applied for the job you are now pursuing?
- Do you appear at your workplace every day?
- Did you know beforehand that the job also includes certain duties?
- If you were to work with another employer, would a lot of work, routines, and specifications be identical?
If you answered "yes" to all four questions, you can confidently put the treadmill feeling to rest. You will never change certain things in your job, simply because they are solid parts of your job. Just as every profession has immutable components that restrict people.
You can do that now
Be aware of where you have freedom of design within the given limits, routines, sequences, etc. Take these liberties consciously as freedom. Try to find out how you can make changes in your sphere of influence in order to feel freer and more enjoyable about your work.
For whoever feels free and likes to do his work is invariably good in it. And this perceived freedom and measurable high quality of work will have an effect on your environment. Who knows what liberties you will have in the future without you?
That's how our inner clock is ticking
Because in each of us a very special clock is ticking. It is neither made of steel nor plastic and you cannot program it with just a few clicks. Controlled by the sun, this watch has been ticking for six million years.
And this watch is completely indifferent to whether there is a shift change or an important meeting pending. It ticks and gives us a fixed pattern of high and low phases for body, mind and emotions. If we work against them, we wear out our energy. If we use them skillfully, we will fully exploit our potential. In order to understand how we can optimally use the different service phases, we consider them on two levels.
1. Level: the function
Of course we appear willing to work and on time to the shift or to the meeting. We will complete our tasks. Sometimes more and less motivated. Times more and times less with the thing. Afterwards we also feel more and less exhausted. This has been so fierce to us since school, so we do not even question whether it should be so.
Even before we started to think properly, we were drilled on how it worked after the clock. This functioning is important for the optimization of processes. It degrades us to standard service providers. And whoever ticks for other people's watches is constantly overwhelmed or underwhelmed, which makes them tired and less rebellious. This makes us more controllable and gratefully fulfills the norm so that criticism does not further stress our already attacked energy resources.
There is another way.
2. Level: the quality
To be able to appear punctually and willingly to work to the shift or to the meeting, that remains to us. It also remains for us to do some of the tasks to spare our energies. But we often have a lot more to do with our tasks than we often believe.
In most cases, we can vary when we tackle tasks where we need all our creativity, plan and organize, when we conduct demanding discussions, or concentrate on our work.
6 Tips: How to determine when to perform the best activities
- Take a piece of paper at a relaxed moment in a relaxing atmosphere.
- In turn, think back to various activities such as being creative, planning, organizing, conducting important conversations, working off, etc.
- Example Creativity: At what times do you have your best ideas? Is this mostly in the morning, in the morning or only in the evening? Make a note of these times or plot them graphically using a graph.
- Make a note of the daily phases of all your usual activities, which are particularly easy for you.
- The same is true for a typical week. Do you have your most creative days at the beginning of the week or maybe even on weekends?
- Identically, you can design your year: At what seasons are you especially active? When do you feel extremely needful recovery?
How to find your own work rhythm
According to your results, you can now plan your daily, weekly and yearly schedules. If, for example, you have your most creative phases early in the morning, you should also keep time free for creativity and not be stealing time from distracting activities. If you notice a significant lack of energy in the early afternoon, do not make important conversations or high-concentration tasks. Work there, for example, lying down.
So you will be able to let far more freedom flow into your day. You will realize more and more how much you can be master of the situation and where you change the dependence of the functioning in voluntary action. You will be successful if you listen to yourself and actually believe yourself.
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