Normally we’d have waited until the final working day of the year for our stock take, but I’ve got something special planned for our team on Friday 21st December so we needed to get the stock take done early. And although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to get up early and into the office on a Saturday morning, I love it!
I love working a Saturday morning. It’s amazing how much you can get done when the phone’s not ringing and no one’s knocking at your door.
What I realised this past weekend though, is that it’s actually a lot more fun when you’re not on your own! There were only 5 of us in, but it’s very satisfying to think of what you’re getting done when others are either sleeping, resting or playing. You can’t help but feel the satisfaction of getting ahead.
It reminded me of one of my favourite lessons from the late Jim Rohn. If you’ve not heard of Jim Rohn I’d encourage you to seek out some of his videos on YouTube. He’s described as an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His philosophy was 6 days of labour, 1 day of rest.
He used to say; “In fact labour is so important, here is the original formula for labour; 6 days of labour, 1 day of rest. Now, it’s important not to get those numbers mixed up! Why not 5, 2? Maybe 5 & 2 would be OK. If God would have thought of 5 & 2, he may have made it 5 & 2. You can’t think of everything when you’re putting one of these together!” “But maybe one of the reasons for 6 & 1 is this; If you rest too long, the weeds take the garden. Not to think so is naive. You can’t linger too long in the rest mode. You’ve got to go back to work. 6 days of work, then rest.”
Of course, not everyone agrees with this philosophy. My mother for one! She seems to be a firm believer in 5 & 2, rather than 6 & 1! But, if you enjoy it, why not?
It’s very satisfying and can be extremely productive, which is exactly what we found this past Saturday. I’m sure many of you do the same, I know I’m not the only one working Saturday mornings! Of course, it’s also good to integrate some fun, which is why after 4 or 5 hours of stock counting and working, we put up the Christmas tree and loads of Christmas lights in the office! Our finance team office looks more like Santa’s Grotto at this stage! Still, a productive morning all-round, and with the stock take done, it’s a big tick off the December to-do list!