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Surfing in the middle of the day

I’m about to jump in the sea at my local beach, minding my own business, when I bump into this dude fresh out of the water, surfboard in hand.

As we exchange greetings, he drops a bombshell: “I’m never going back to full-time office work.” His newfound love for the work-from-home life post-COVID was crystal clear.

Bonjour, in this video, I want to challenge the way you think about your time.

Today I’m wrapping up a killer workout at my neighborhood gym. It’s 4:15 PM, and I’m feeling pumped. Last week, during a session with some leaders, we dove into a game-changing exercise: the ideal week. I suggested to them to design their ideal week. Now, some were skeptical at first, dismissing the idea as wishful thinking.

But hear me out.

First off, your week will never be picture-perfect. That’s a given. But sketching out an ideal version sets the stage for progress. It’s like aiming for the stars and landing on the moon, rather than starting from scratch every time.

Secondly, prioritise your personal life. Yep, that’s right. Your ideal week should revolve around what matters most outside the office walls.

And lastly, pinpoint your peak moments. When do you feel most energized, most focused, most present?

One of the thing I have included in my ideal week is going to the gym most days between 3.15pm and 4.30pm. For me, it’s the perfect time to squeeze in a workout before wrapping up the day’s tasks.

Now, here’s the kicker: even as a business owner, I grappled with the notion of carving out time for myself. Can I really hit pause on work at 3:15 to hit the gym? It felt… unconventional. But guess what? It works for me, and I’ve never looked back.

And I am sure the surfer I met would have thought the same thing before Covid.

So, here’s the challenge: dare to dream up your ideal week. Embrace the quirks, the breaks, the moments that light you up.

So, my questions for you is this: When you envision your ideal week, are you prioritising what’s truly important to you, or are you letting external pressures dictate your time?

This is this week’s Work Smarter: Live Better tip.

Wishing you a lovely day.

I’ll see you next week.

A bientôt,

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