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What Employees are Doing Instead of Working

It’s a little bit shocking – but totally understandable – to see how many people are actually not doing work at work. Of course this is nothing new, there has always been procrastinators, there have always been slackers, there will always be motivated people, there is always comfort zones.

How do you work?

What employees actually do while at work infographic

source: http://www.stopprocrastinatingapp.com/wasting-time-at-work/

All In An Instant

There is patience and there is crippling fear.

Patience is an aware look at the situation, using better forms of judgement and aptitude to gauge prospects plainly laid out in front , and using all of this information to base judgements and action upon.

And then there is crippling fear that roots one so hard to their current situation that one fails to acknowledge discomfort, stress, and effects on health and mood before it’s too late and something breaks.

Both of these situations take just one single moment, one single instant to rectify, both within ourselves through our own actions or mindset, or through external forces that may just be the factors in the situation itself. A simple unexpected event.

But we can’t plan for the unexpected. We can plan, we can strategize, but the unexpected is.. unexpected.

It’s the difference between saying: “Yes, I understand that things are busy right now, getting out of control, but I’m creating plans and routines and methodologies to help with this, that I’m very eager to practice! Patience and persistence will solve this problem shortly.”

Or I can say: “I am so busy. I can’t do this. Why do these people keep demanding of me. I’ll never get this done. But I can’t stop, or somebody might get mad. Everybody is counting on me. There is no alternative. Must just keep doing as quick as demands come in.”

I prefer doing anticipatory work, rather than reactionary work. I prefer looking for schemes that will allow me to scale easily, rather than lurching like an old rusty transmission.

Smart & hard, not just hard. But this is my efficiency, not yours.

Nurture, not Nazi

Any environment, whether it’s work, school, sport, or collective of some sort, thrives when each member effectively nurtures each others strengths, and adapts to their weaknesses.

There is nothing to fear about this. This is awareness and acknowledgement, this is working in a dynamic environment capable of growing into a very dependable organization.

How does this look?

  • When new ideas are introduced into the organization, the first question is why. Once that is explained (and explained twice to the people who don’t understand it the first time) and any logical opposition is ruled null, everybody says yes instinctively and eagerly.
  • Each member of the organization understands their role and volunteers solutions for problems relating to it.
  • Definitely no questions asked by managers: “What is your agenda today?” or “What are your action items today looking like?”
  • Questions like: “Is there anything I can help you with?” or “Do you have any suggestions for solutions to my problem?”

A well oiled machine knows how it runs and knows why it’s running.

A dynamic machine (your organization) is a well oiled machine, but also adjusts to needs, picks up the slack, eagerly attacks new projects, is creative in solutions, and makes everybodies job feel easier (or at least more enjoyable). As an added bonus, every single person in a nurturing environment grows and becomes stronger.

And then there’s the Nazis.

For those of you that have forgotten, the Nazis were fearful, meticulous record keepers, didn’t trust different or new (that wasn’t directed from the top down), and most interestingly, made a very depressing world/environment for anybody that wasn’t yelling the orders (from the top down).

How are you running your family, venture, team, class?

I hope you’re nurturing.

I’d love to hear how in the comments below.


Sitting Still

According to studies performed in the University of Minnesota in 2006, of the previous 20 years, people have reportedly still exercised the same amount, but have increased their amount of time spent sitting on their bums by 8%. This is a fairly drastic increase. The study also suggests that just because you are lifting weights sculpting those perfect biceps and pecs, if you are increasing the amount of time you spend sitting on the couch or at the desk, you’re increasing the chances of an early death. Which is not good at all.

Apparently another study was performed where the participants lived in a setting of the 1850, and their movement was measured and recorded. It turns out that on average they walked an extra 3-8 miles compared to today’s average human.


Studies studies studies.

Another study in the 2010 Journal of Applied Physiology showed that by reducing the number of footsteps taken by 85% for two weeks, the participants reduced their sensitivity to insulin by 17%, which in turn means that the risk for diabetes has increased. Clearly this is not a good thing. Clearly the way to reduce health risks and increase your lifetime is to get those feet moving, to stay active more, and longer.

As I have described in more detail in the short spurts, getting exercise more throughout the day is much more healthy than one 30 minutes a day. Studies have proven that people that keep active doing partial exercise events like walking to the mail, standing up during work hours, and doing the dishes burn significantly more calories than those who run 35 miles a week. So this means when you’re feeling down and out, tired at the end of the day, it is just as crucial then to stay alert and active than it is to finish the last 5 minutes at the gym.

168. Man Sitting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 9-9-2008

Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana says “Regularly exercising is not the same as being active.” Referring to the person who goes to the gym for an hour a day, but for the other 23 hrs of the day is sitting around watching tv or surfing the internet. This leads to the definition of an active lifestyle. Yes you may be going to the gym, but you are not living an active lifestyle. “A person may hit the gym every day, but if he’s sitting a good deal of the rest of the time, he’s probably not leading an overall active life,” explains Katzmarzyk. “The evidence that sitting is associated with heart disease is very strong, we see it in people who smoke and people who don’t. We see it in people who are regular exercisers and those who aren’t. Sitting is an independent risk factor.”

Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a Men’s Health advisor and physical therapist in Indianapolis, Indiana, says “If you’ve ever seen a guy walk with a forward lean, it’s often because of shortened hip flexors. The muscles don’t stretch as they naturally should. As a result, he’s not walking tall and straight because his fascia has adapted more to sitting than standing.”


This same concept applies to all parts of your body. The more your body stays in one position, the more it will ‘set’ into that form. This is why things like your pillow at night, which you spend approximately 1/4 – 1/3 of your day doing, and also the chair that you sit in and the posture that you hold while your in it. It turns out your mother telling you to straighten your back and fix your posture wasn’t just because she was nit-picking, but actually because she wanted you to grow strong and straight!

Thanks mom!

To suggest a few things to do to avoid these complications I have compiled a list of things you should try and work into your busy schedule, no matter what your doing or how silly you may feel doing it:

  1. Try and take transit, or walk whenever you can, avoid the car!
  2. If you’ve been sitting at your desk for a while, get up and walk around! (a trick I use here is to drink lots of water during the day so that you already have to get up to go to the washroom regularily).
  3. Pace while talking on the phone.
  4. Find enjoyment in doing activities around the house (painting, cooking, cleaning, fixing).
  5. Find excuses to go outside! There’s always something fun to do out there.


If any of you have any ideas on other ways to increase activity level, please let us know!

Good luck out there