Some thoughts on priorities

Instead of a link post today I’m sharing some random thoughts about priorities after listening to Enough Podcast.

Recently I was listening to episode 192 of Enough Podcast where Myke and Patrick Rhone discussed the nature of work and guarding your time. Myke mentioned that he makes sure that he leaves everyday at 5pm even though his colleagues are still at work. For him this is crucial he knows his priorities and that means he need to leave office on time to make sure he can record all the shows.

What I like about this approach is that it shows confidence on two levels. Firstly you’re clear and confident what you want from your life. For Myke it’s growing his podcasting empire, for you it might be family time, working out, writing or other hobbies.

On the second level it’s show the confidence of his own work i.e. the result will speak for themselves. Staying longer because his colleagues are does not make sense especially if you do this to show that you’re still in. Sure you can always claim that more hours at a desk means more work done but there is a point of diminishing returns where the more effort put does not equal to more output. French have been working 38h work weeks for a good number of years and somehow they manage alright. I would think that many are quite envious about their cafés, croissants, and other elements of their lifestyle. There is also a strong evidence suggesting that shorter hours contribute to better productivity as there is less time available. See Parkinson’s law

Perhaps there is no silver bullet on how to approach working hours whether to leave at 5pm or stay with other. Each of us will have to decide on their own yet one thing will help. If you know why you need to leave then it’s much easier, it’s much easier to see beyond the row of work colleagues staying late, beyond the awkward feeling that you’re the first to call it a day.

So what’s your priority in life, recording shows is something dear to Myke’s heart, writing this site is dear to me and you? What’s your priority?