It is in the spaces between work that love, friendship, depth and dimension are nurtured. Without time for recovery, our lives become a blur of doing unbalanced by much opportunity for being. – Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement
Among the barriers to personal effectiveness is thinking that limits one’s attention to an 8 to 5 structure. We falsely assume that an individual’s energy is smartly fitted into that span.
Boldly, I will tell you that in the 21st Century, 8 to 5 means nothing more than its obvious 9 hour span. This span of time has very little – if anything – to do with performance; unless of course that is the best span for a particular individual. (See Why Work Sucks by Ressler & Thompson for a great story of performance.)
Amidst all the stresses of being self-employed, there is a great blessing: I am no longer bound by the static assumption of an 8 to 5 limitation. What this simply means is that I have the freedom to manage my energy in a manner balanced and effective in light of my own purpose and brand. This is also my accountability.
In the flowing assumption of this accountability is confidence; an assurance of right action formed in much opportunity for being.