Although independent consultants often have the benefit of a flexible work schedule, many fail to take advantage of this flexibility.
Here are some suggestions for leveraging the benefits of a flexible work schedule:
- If you do not work at home, avoid the wasted time sitting in traffic traveling to your office during morning and evening peak traffic times. Travel to the office before or after "rush hour."
- Rearrange your time and days so that you have set aside a block of quiet time for organizing, thinking, planning and writing. This could be early mornings, late evenings, or weekends. Quiet time (or time where you are disconnected from the world temporarily) can be the most productive time for many critical tasks.
- Be creative with your scheduling so that you can provide for more than enough time to take care of your health and well-being.
- You might even consider adopting a truly alternative work schedule (e.g., 4 day work week, starting a few hours earlier each day Monday through Thursday and then taking Fridays off!)
Don't be unnecessarily trapped by the pressure of a constraining work schedule if you don't have to. If you maximize your efficiency and get a little creative with your schedule, you might find yourself enjoying your work and life more. © 2011 Institute of Management Consultants USA