Why it’s important to know what you would do with more downtime.

Adam Albrecht
2 min readAug 17

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Are you busier than ever, or not busy enough? A tight labor market, high demand for your work, and a strong push for an efficient workplace will keep you running from the time you clock in until you clock out, and Fred Flinstone down your dinosaur each day.

However, in an economic slowdown, there is a good chance you will not find yourself so busy. In fact, you may already have more time on your hands than you ever wanted. Or ever needed. Which sounds like the lyrics to a Depeche Mode song.

It is valuable to think about what you would do to improve your job, business or career if you suddenly found yourself with more free time on your hands. (Or wherever you carry your free time.)

Many of us have forgotten what a slow work week is like because we have been juggling all day every day for years. But a slowdown and even a layoff can be a gift if you are prepared to use your time wisely.

During slowdowns, you can:

  • Learn new skills
  • Read and catch up with the industry
  • Develop or maintain relationships
  • Improve your processes
  • Amplify your business development efforts
  • Enjoy a little rest
  • Alter the trajectory of your career
  • Get involved with industry associations
  • Start a new business
  • Volunteer your time and expertise
  • Make the moment last and feel groovy
  • Realize you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last. So kick down the cobblestones, look for fun and feel groovy.

Key Takeaway

Prepare a list of things you want to do when the next slowdown occurs. Whether that is a slow day, a slow week, a slow month, or a layoff. The plan means you will make the most of your time. The slowdown becomes an opportunity to accomplish things in your plan. Remember, time is your most valuable commodity. Use it. Don’t waste it.

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+For more of the best life lessons I have learned check out my book, What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? from Ripples Media.

Originally published at http://adamalbrecht.blog on August 17, 2023.

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Adam Albrecht

I am a growth-minded entrepreneur and author of the book What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? I share what I'm learning on my journey. And I try to make it funny.