By travelling you discover there are a many different ways to do something from what you are used to from your own background or culture. Does the same not apply to working? That there are many different ways to work? Not only 9-5, in the same office, with the same people everyday, 40-60 hours a week, having the same routine of emails, meetings, plans etc.
Always making overtime? Being ‘busy’ is good? The more meetings the better? The book Rework (by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson) gives in a humoristic way an opposing view on some of the work myths. This fun and easy read (in just a few hours!) is full of successful examples from companies all over the world.
A few quotes from the book:
- ASAP is poison
- Planning is guessing
- Long lists don’t get done
- Your better off with a kick-ass half, than a half-assed whole
- Live it or leave it
- Don’t be a hero
- You don’t need more hours, you need better hours
- Scratch your own itch
- Pour yourself into your product
Although said to be written for (to-be) entrepreneurs, it invites to rethink a few of the concepts you may be using in your work and to try something different.