Sure, we need to avoid overworking ourselves, burning our motivation down and ending up hating what we (hopefully) once loved to do.
But also, it would be ideal to see work as a part of life. Work, not as a ugly cost we have to pay to get a life, but an important activity that provides us with more than money.
The idea is perhaps utopian and based on a privileged way of life in which, for starters, I get to choose my economic activity. I know that. I'd like all humans to have the same freedom to choose, but that's too big a scope for this note, so I'll focus on our company.
I'd like Matrushkos and anyone who works with us to get more than money. To get their brains teased, a sense of purpose and achievement, fun, friends. And, of course, economic resources to pursue other things that can't be done with an economic goal in mind.
I don't like the use of the word "deadline" and now I like it even less.
Deadline? Um... it's just a project, nobody is going to die!
Turns out it's actually a threat. According to Merriam Webster, a deadline is "a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot".
Translating that to the business world, we could say that a deadline is a line in time that someone passes at the risk of... what? I'd like to think nobody is threatening with shooting people, but it sure is a threat.
Small words, but powerful. If we want to collaborate and produce great results together, it's my opinion that threatening is far from ideal. Rather, let's understand why we're doing what we are doing and make sure that we have good reasons to do it properly and on time.
No threats in my office, please!
Podríamos revisar en nuestra reunión mensual de equipo nuestras metas de aprendizaje y el progreso que hemos hecho.
Registrar y reconocer otras recompensas que obtuvimos del trabajo, que no sean económicas. Evaluar y poner metas para el siguiente mes.
Gestión de proyectos ¿Qué pasa si alguien se enferma? Necesitamos tomar en cuenta la posibilidad en la planeación, tener siempre un margen.
Algunas cosas que podríamos platicar en nuestras evaluaciones mensuales
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