Or why it serves my job better than anything else.
Have you ever considered the question you’re asked when you go through a recruiting meeting? What are your top qualities? What do you think makes you a better applicant? Most of the time, people go straight to the motivated, hard-working part. (Most of the time they also lie, just like when I ask them about what they do on the internet. Suddenly, everybody sticks to Google and never ever use Facebook. Ahah.)
Well. My top quality is that I’m very, very lazy. I’ve always been. And I’ve always found ways to stay that way. Add to that another invaluable quality: I love my free-time. So you won’t see me haunting the office late at night. If you combine those two traits, you get one result: my job needs to get done in my regular work day. Being lazy, I don’t want tasks to fill a whole day without having a few breaks. In order to accomplish this, you need one thing, again . METHOD.
My tasks are rationalized. I’ve got a very strong process that helps me get through every bumps of a project without too much pain. By the end of the day, I always know exactly how much work is left to do and how much time I’ll need to fulfill it.
Benefits for the company? Work is done on time. I’m fresh and creative on the next morning. Free time give me plenty of time to do other things. I make solutions to be more effective next time I have to accomplish this task.I do my best to achieve a goal at once, and not in numerous and laborious attempts. Being lazy makes me being efficient. Quality over quantity.
Maybe some people fin it offensive to put it this way.
But really, being dedicated to your job isn’t really the same as spending all your time in the office. If all you do is staying late at work, and miss the outside world, you’ve lost the game as a designer. Being a workaholic is not something to be proud of. Having a fulfilling and balanced life, on the other hand, definitely is.