Thursday, May 24, 2012
Working to work less
I find it very enjoyable to do work and complete tasks that I know will lower my work load in the future. An example of that is when I trim trees in my yard. I like to raise the canopy so that I can freely walk under it. Once that work is done it is complete and I don't have to duck or bump my head in the future. I even had a large birch tree entirely removed from my backyard because it was constantly dropping twigs that I would have to pick up or clear out of the gutters. I remember at the time commenting to a neighbor about how I was going to contract to take the tree out. I said to him that I was doing it so that my work load in the future would be less.
Working to work less is a wonderful feeling. There is a real sense that I am moving forward. I like getting things done once and for all. If I have to touch something, I want to touch once and be done. Doing the same task again and again with no hope of it ever abating is a bit discouraging to me. So is doing a good job and being rewarded with more work and higher expectations without much financial reward. That is just the opposite of the work situation that I would like to be involved with. I would rather set things up, let it run with only a few tweaks and updates, and continuously earn from that initial effort.
How have you managed to set things up so that there is less work going forward?