Recently, I tried to work on the dot in my job. That means I will reach office on time, go for lunch break on time as well as leave office on time. It turns out that it is very hard for me to do so unless I start to neglect part of my work which I don’t bear to do so. In fact, some of my workload has been pushed behind so that I can focus more on my current tasks.
It is especially difficult when I have to deal with multiple operational work at the same time while chasing different people for their deliverables.
I think the working life in a client environment is very different from agency. Over here, I will have to take full ownership of every project that I am involved in whereas agencies can only see part of the picture of how the projects are being managed. I have to think through many things while working with both my stakeholders as well as my resources to get things done. There are many hurdles to cross along the way such as IT restrictions, budget constraints and many stakeholders to explain to, while working with my resources such as my agencies as well as my staff.
I think some flexibility of the working hours will be very much appreciated for me to work hard for the operations and to work smart for the strategies. For example, we may not have lunch on time because of work. Granted that people may be looking for us after lunch, but they can always look for us on mobile, or to send an email to us first, or to contact us later. Anyway, we will try not to come back office later too. When there is a meeting right after lunch, we will even skip lunch or eat lunch concurrently. The whole idea is to create a win-win situation. We won’t take anybody for granted.
No matter how I try, I can’t seem to get off work on time either. That’s probably because I have a lot of emails to catch again so that things can continue to move, or there is some operational work for me to attend to. If I were to ignore any of those, I won’t forgive myself for not working efficiently.
That’s also why I start to see some companies (such as the WordPress company) focus on work deliverables while their employees are working at their own flexible time with unlimited leave to take. With the kind of real time communications we have today, it is impossible to draw a line between work time and personal time. Things will keep moving and improving, and if you start to get a little lazy, it will be very obvious simply because we start to be result-focused.