I’m an avid business/motivational reader. I love big idea books that challenge the way that we think and the way that we act and the way that we react and for me, few books have had such an impact in that field as Jason Fried’s Rework. It is a stark manifesto of the things we are doing incredibly wrong and it is something that most of us that are freelancers or building something on our own desperately need to read.
There’s one concept that Fried brings up that I wanted to discuss and that is the idea of, “swearing off the weekend.”
I talk to so many people that believe in the importance of keeping a regular schedule and separating work from play and family. But the people that I know that push the “leave work at work” concept to the max either work cushy jobs where their success is not connected to their performance or they work in situations where their success is intimately connected to their performance and they’re not performing very well. Here’s how I do things.
My life is very much project based. I don’t work a front-facing job and my production does not really impact anyone else’s production (with some exceptions). So for me, sometimes the weekends have to be sworn off. Deliverables MUST be delivered and it doesn’t matter what caused a delay (pending an act of god) when things get behind, you’ve got to play catch up.
Now for me, there’s a second part of this, which is that I thoroughly love every waking moment of my job. I’d recommend that you try to find a job that you love more than anything else in the world because that means that when you do have to abandon the Monday-Friday 9-5 grind for extra hours, it feels a little less grinding.
What Fried is talking about, and what I’m talking about, is not neglecting family and individual time every single weekend, working 80-hour days and saying to hell with personal relationships. Rather, what we’re lobbying for is and understanding that the world doesn’t stop turning because it’s 4:57pm on a Friday and that sometimes, you need to pull up your socks.
So here’s the real advice.
Get shit done when you’re supposed to get it done.
If you don’t get shit done when you’re supposed to get shit done, then get shit done when you’re supposed to be doing other shit.
Above all else, get shit done.