When I read this quote in the book Small Is The New Big will become , I was so refreshed and energized. Especially in full-time ministry, working with students, and for that matter students with a variety of backgrounds and vastly different values, ideas, etc. Sometimes I work 80 hours in a week; sometimes I work 20. I would say on average both types of weeks have their meaning and are equally productive.
It's such a challenge to lead proactively, focused, and future-orientated. The tendency is to be reactionary, passive, and present-focused. Especially for leaders above me in my organization, who were heavily influenced by the industrial-era work ethic, working 20 hours a week is almost considered heresy.
What would happen if we worked only 20 hours a week, and had to spend at least 80 percent of that time on issues that were important but not urgent? I believe we would see our organization not only grow in size but in quality, focus, leadership, and integrity.
What does your work week typically look like? How many hours of it are focused on the future, and are things that you and only you can do?