Three simple way to work less immediately
My interpretation of working less is tied to the notion many of us were raised to believe, that work is hard, or other dictionary definitions such as slog, labor, exertion, toil, and drudgery. I strongly believe that if we choose to labor under the context that work is drudgery, then so it is, and if so, who wouldn’t want to work less? If work doesn’t have to be any of these things and is in fact more joyful, then work becomes play, and so it is less work.
One aspect of how I support my clients to work less involves…
- shifting context from “work is a slog” to “it is not”
- creating a compelling purpose for work
- aligning being to context and purpose daily
In this post, I will share Part One of how shifting your context can create more joy and flow in your work. Next month, I will share Parts Two and Three.
Understanding how context shapes our reality
Context is like the color lens we look through. If we choose a gray lens, then our view is gray; if we choose a rose lens, rose is our perspective.
Context creates our reality. Our reality is created by our interpretations or perspectives, and we can be empowered or limited by them.
Determine if the context is empowering or limiting
Notice if you have positive energy or are drained by the perspective you hold. Our perspectives are our thoughts and beliefs and create our feelings and mood. Notice what mood you are creating for yourself. If it falls on the side of not great, then you might want to examine the facts and the interpretations you have around the situation.
Fact or interpretation?
A fact is something that an impartial observer could see for herself to be true. For example, a table has four legs. An interpretation is a view or opinion we have of the situation. “The table is ugly” is not the truth, just our interpretation. When you distinguish the difference, you can decide what actions to take.
Explore alternate perspectives and options
We have choices when we are willing to explore alternates. What are we willing to consider that we have not before? What other options are there about this? We can choose a new interpretation: the table is functional. We can make a change, create the opportunity for a new table.
Establish an empowered context
When we pay attention to what we are telling ourselves about circumstances and events, we often notice a theme or a pattern this colors our lives. If you notice you are less satisfied, less energized, and more often limited, then your context does not serve you and it might be time to review and reset.
What do you believe to be true about your current work situation?
Can you distinguish the facts from your interpretations? Are they draining or inspiring you? What are some alternate interpretations that are more positive? What have you not considered before? What could you do to change the situation if you wanted to?
As you do this brief questioning exercise with yourself, notice what opens up for you and if a shift occurs with your energy and mood.
What would you be willing to do about this? When will you do this?