“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Learning from others is a key to success. And today I’d like to write about learning from cows. Yes, that is correct. Cows.
The New York Times featured an article “Where Cows Are Happy and Food is Healthy”. Not surprisingly, research shows that when cows are free to roam in a field (as opposed to being confined to dairy barns) they not only produce more milk- they live longer. In other words, when cows are in an environment that makes them happy, they live healthier lives and are more effective and efficient in their business of producing milk.
How does this relate to YOU? Well, the same principle applies. When you are happy in your work, you will be healthier, more efficient and more effective in your productivity. Your business runs better, is more profitable, and yes, I dare say that you are likely to live longer.
When you are not doing what makes you happy in your work, you become chronically stressed. You are tired. The impact of chronic stress and fatigue on your health and on your business is too long to discuss here. Suffice it to say, when you are not happy in your daily work life, your health and your business suffers.
So how do you make yourself happier and more productive in your business?
Follow these tips:
- Spend at least 80% of your time in your Unique Abilities. This is the intersection of what you love to do and what you are good at doing. Aim to get to 100% if at all possible.
- Delegate everything that you are not good at doing and everything that you do not enjoy.
- Have an assistant schedule your appointments and manage your calendar. Give him/her open times for your clients, for meetings, and so on. Your time is better spent in your Unique Abilities than in the back and forth of scheduling.
- Don’t be fooled by areas in your business that you are good at doing but do not enjoy. Spending 10-20% of your time here is okay. More than that will wear you down and diminish both your happiness and the effectiveness of your business.
If you follow these tips, you will see your focus, your happiness, and the efficiency and effectiveness of your business improve. A big thank you to our friends, the cows in this world, for illuminating these points.