Today career advice columnist Penelope Trunk looks at a book on business productivity:
Jason Fried‘s recent book, Rework, is about counter-intuitive ways to be more productive…. The book is timely for me because Jason forces us to see that productivity is really about slowing down to focus on doing something real, instead of moving really fast but doing a lot of nothing. But Jason doesn’t let you off the hook by telling you to do nothing; he gives you tips for continuing to move forward, but in a very smart way.
I am doing that on the farm. Slowing down. Making space. Not letting myself do things that should never have been on my to do list anyway. But the tradeoff, when you slow down to get focus, is that slow is scary because you have to face what you’re really doing.
That’s an excellent perspective for only for busy execs but job seekers anxious about where their next paycheck is coming from.
Do the things that need to be done, and let go the little things that keep you distracted and busy (and perhaps feeling overwhelmed). Put aside the resume tweaking for a while, and attend the networking event where you can make connections. Or take time out for contemplation that can recharge your emotional and spiritual batteries.
If the advice seems counter-intuitive, remember that “slow down” is about doing the things you do with your full attention, not necessarily moving lethargically!