Do You Know Your Dirty Thirty?Life is good. So is work…mostly. Most people will agree that working is good for you. Work- for most people- means much more than our daily bread. But even for people who absolutely LOVE their job, there will be portions of the job that are just not so great. Studies show that for the average worker, the following statistics apply:
- 30% of our job duties: we very much enjoy
- 40% of our job duties: are “ok”
- 30% of our job duties: are our Dirty Thirty
- If you don’t like to write but part of your job requires writing presentations or reports, it is important for you to know and understand the most creative time of the day or week for YOU. And use your time wisely.
- You may be a procrastinator. But, again, studies confirm what we all know deep down inside. It is easier to complete a task or project than to “hope it will go away.” It will likely NOT go away. Ever! Just plan for it and DO IT!
- You may not be an afternoon person at all. Use this time to work on mundane matters and use your morning hours for creative projects.
- You may dislike meetings because you feel people talk too much and don’t get enough accomplished. Perhaps you can arrange your schedule to hold meetings at the end of the day when people want to “wrap it up” quickly.
- If speaking in front of a group frightens you but your job requires it, join a Toastmasters Group. Practice makes perfect.
- If spreadsheets drive you crazy, take a class at the local university and get better at them.
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