I have about an hour left at work for the week. I'm looking forward to the weekend, and I have sat here for the last few hours, diligently working on projects, feeling terrible about my inability to focus 100%.
I am excellent at denying my humanity, I am guilty of constantly treating myself like a robot, I actually get stressed over the times that i just don't feel like focusing, when I'd rather schmooze round the net looking for inspiration and catching up on what's new in the web design business. I accuse myself of being the only one who can't cope with 100% focus 100% of the time.
I finally gave up trying to focus and read a timely post by The Brand Builder which outlines how denying yourself (or your employees) those times of 'focused relaxing' – reading relevent blogs, browing relevent sites etc etc, is the easiest and best way to kill creativity.
I am a firm believer that a relaxed, inspired worker can get more done in 4 hours, than a focused, stressed and unhappy one can do in 8… Even if I don't always follow through on my beliefs. It's a tough call when you have employees that appear to be slacking off, especially if you're a small business and every one of their paychecks gives you 10 grey hairs. You demand return on your investment, and an idle worker does not give you any sense of security.
It is hard but vital to ignore the process and focus on the results. Was enough delivered today to a high enough standard? If the answer is yes, force yourself to forget the hour spent watching your employee on Digg and congratulate them on a job well done.