Designing a Perfect Work Day
Problems are often best solved when they are reversed
We’ve been talking about our work principles in Bromford Lab.
I don’t mean our contracts of employment.
Contracts have no connection with the reality of work.
You might have a 40-hour per week contract and be in the office for 50 hours – whilst only doing 5 hours of anything meaningful.
Equally you might have a 40 hour contract but knock out 10 hours worth of absolute brilliance.
We need to start setting principles that promote outcomes rather than reinforcing cultures of presenteeism.
My worst day would look something like this:
Having a packed calendar with no time to think
Having a full email inbox
Producing work I don’t believe in
Being confined to the office
Being stuck in traffic
With that in mind we’ve worked backwards and created these principles. They are work in progress and we are going to review them each month:
Focus on outcomes not hours — When you work or how long you work is irrelevant — what you produce is what matters
Design your own unique day — At least twice a month work somewhere you’ve never been before to find inspiration
Work out loud — Share your work, don’t keep your best ideas to yourself
Kill meetings — Do the meeting maths, add up the £££ before you call people together
Use open tools — Only use tools that encourage collaboration and sharing
Get work out there — Being good enough is fine. Better to move work on than obsess about perfection
Imagining what makes your worst possible day can help you design the perfect one.
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