Identifying your work flexibility blocks
Welcome to my 5 part Tracksuit Economy blog series designed to help you assess ways in which you can work more flexibly and begin to live and work rather than work and live in between all the running about.
Over the next 5 blog instalments in this series, I will help you to:
1. identify your flexibility blocks and consider the biggest culprits standing between you and flexibility;
2. examine the ways you are already productive and consider ways you can be more productive;
3. identify the things you would like to do more of (if only you had the time!);
4. Dream up 3 things that would make your day-to-day life better and how to add them into your daily routine; and
5. build a business case (or a plan in the event you are self employed)
Identifying your flexibility blocks
Blog post 1 is structured to help you identify your flexibility blocks (so you can bust them up and power on through them).
Grab a sheet of paper and a pen and take 15 minutes of quiet time to map your last week on a sheet of paper. Mind mapping is a great way to achieve this or take today as an example and determine if this is a typical day.
Note down how long you spent (and be honest!):
getting yourself and other household members ready in the morning;
getting to work;
on coffee breaks;
on social media at work;
getting home from work (including any detours such as shopping and child care pick ups); and
doing any after hours work at home in the evening, including casually checking work emails, making calls etc.
Consider whether your partner and other household members spent the same amount of time as you? If not, why? If there is no good reason chores aren’t split equally, consider changing this in the future or outsourcing some (or all) to a third party to free up your time.
Imagining the daily routine on your weekly map, consider whether you could:
“combine time” with your partner to make you more efficient as a team rather than 2 individuals?
outsource any tasks (such as online shopping, hiring a cleaner etc)
batch tasks (including cooking in bulk or doing laundry only twice a week);
delegate tasks (at home or work);
use technology to your advantage (would you benefit from time and project management apps);
pick the children up from school, go home and set them up with homework and finish your work day at home?
Compress or extend your hours at work to work:
i. longer days but less days of the week; or
ii. shorter days but more days of the week.
Remember – flexible working is not just working from home or working part time, it is a combination of any of the factors set out on the infographic posted with this blog and anything that helps you manage your unique work situation alongside the day to day push and pull of life.
Next blog post
Next time we talk productivity – how you are doing it right and what you could do better?
If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, you can find me via www.thetracksuiteconomy.com.au