A really interesting comment about the mindset of professionals who charge by the hour really got me thinking.
Bob Sutton has a post about The Billable Hour Turns People Into Workaholics in which he wrote:
...how people in jobs where “time is money” fall into a trap: They start devoting more time to their jobs, and less time to “unpaid” activities like family, friends, and leisure.
I think there's a lot to this.
I'd like to add another key thing or two that often lose out when competing for attention against a chargable hour. These things are 1) desirable forethought before undertaking an activity, and 2)appropriate time for reflection on or about the activity after it's done.
Neglecting both of these exercises impacts so many things: staying sharp and on top of our game; being as organized as we can possibly be; effectiveness; learning from our experiences; and thinking of how we can do better.
That ol' chargable hour sure has some nasty side effects!