The more work you can do in a day, the more useful you are.

In an era of insecure employment, we must constantly demonstrate our usefulness through frenetic doing, and time management can give you a valuable edge. Indeed, if you are among the growing ranks of the self-employed, as a freelancer or a worker in the so-called gig economy, increased personal efficiency may be essential to your survival. The only person who suffers financially if you indulge in “loafing” – a workplace vice that Taylor saw as theft – is you.

via Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman | Technology | The Guardian

The more you can do in a day, the more useful you are is how I sums up the quote above. In fact, it was how I think too. If I’m able to squeeze more to-dos in a day, I am more productivity and I’m more useful to the company than others.

However, while trying to do too much things at once, the quality drops too. Which is why, I narrowed down the things I do in a day. Every day I have 3 to-dos after that it is time to kick back and relax a little.

Now if you are working for someone, this might not seem like a good thing because to the boss you are “loafing” which kinda of affect you in a way. Also in the a competitive corporate environment, if you are not doing, someone else is and they might take away your job. I think this mentality is hard to change.

A thing to note here is that, doing 3 things a day does not mean you are not putting in 100%. In fact, you are putting more than 100% in each tasks because you know you have these 3 tasks for the day. You can focus better.

What if you are a freelancer, like me?

If I stop doing, I might not make enough? And like the article say “it is essential to the survival” You do the work, you get the money. Especially when you are charing by time. If you can squeeze more in an hour, you make more. But at the same time, we run the risk of burning out faster. This burnout might cause us to stop work for a week or two. Sometimes it might fall into a situation where you hate the things you are doing. This is worst thing that we (freelancers) want to happened.

Personally, I do not agreed with everything written on this article. I think Time Management is important but we should not be too obsessive with it and keep chasing productivity. Because to do good work, you need time.