What does time mean for you? How did the pandemic impact the evolution of business? How can we use this reality shift to reclaim agency over our time and lives?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about How to Make the Best Use of Time? Making Thursday the New Friday.
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In This Podcast
- Where did time come from?
- The impact of the pandemic
- Time is manmade
Where did time come from?
Thousands of years ago, the Babylonians started the seven-day week schedule.
They looked up and saw the Sun, the Moon … they saw the Earth, they saw Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, so seven major celestial things, and so they said, “let’s have a seven-day week”. (Joe Sanok)
Fast forward: the Romans converted to Christianity and introduced the seven-day week across the Roman Empire, and the seven-day week took off from there. Time, calendars, and modern schedules have all been made up by people.
Fast forward again to the late 18th century where people were working 10- to 14-hours a day. In 1926, Henry Ford, to sell more cars, gave his workers a 40-hour workweek. He knew that by giving them a weekend they would be interested in purchasing a car.
The impact of the pandemic
The pandemic of 2020 hits and we see it’s the final nail in the coffin, that the industrialist era that Henry Ford gave us where people are machines, where people are thought of as parts of an assembly line, that is over. (Joe Sanok)
The pandemic broke the mold of work globally. There is a new way of business that is emerging from the impacts of the pandemic.
The businesses that are evolving are those that are retaining more employees because they offer flexibility and a new level of humanity in their work. These businesses know that life happens and that what is most important is that you have your health and your family, alongside your work.
To find what is best for your employees, consider asking them:
- What is it that you love doing that you don’t want to stop doing?
- What do you hate doing that you want to take off your plate?
- What do you want to learn to do?
What this does is that it doesn’t just put people, like the industrialists, into some sort of job role that they’re stuck in. Instead, they can level up and change and switch as they go, which makes the organization more strong … and creative, and people know … in a year they can change their interests, they can always adapt differently. (Joe Sanok)
Allowing growth for your employees means allowing growth for the business because the business existing in its best form rests upon its employees being in their best form as well.
Time is manmade
You’ve created for yourself this illusion that you’re busy, and it doesn’t always have to be that way. (Joe Sanok)
A lot of people stress themselves out trying to maintain the idea of what time should look like, and what being successful looks like in terms of being busy and so forth. We forget that these ideas are all constructs, they are all manmade, and they can be changed.
Rarely do we step back and say, “do our kids actually need to be this busy to be successful? Do they actually need to play outside a little bit more?” (Joe Sanok)
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