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My child who is going to primary school has suddenly become more self-motivated recently (although I don’t know how long he can hold on this time😄). Originally, he was always procrastinating with his homework, and there was obviously not much homework that he couldn’t finish at night, but recently he often Finish your homework early, then play happily for two or three hours before washing and going to bed.
Yesterday, my wife saw that the baby had finished her homework ahead of schedule and was playing, so she quietly discussed with me, saying that it seems like a waste of time to play like this, do you want to give him some homework? I thought about it, and said don’t add it, just let him play, this is the reward for him to play his homework ahead of time.
The reason why I say this is because I think of some previous work experience. I joined a team many years ago. As a newcomer, I have a little bit of fighting spirit, and of course there are some factors that I want to show, so I have completed the work that was handed to me efficiently. The leaders were very happy when they saw that I was so capable, so they kept increasing my workload until I had to work overtime to finish it.
When the passion period of the newcomer is over, my workload is still not less. At this time, without the blessing of passion and the exhaustion of long-term overtime, my efficiency is not as good as before. In order to complete the work, I have to add more classes. It was more exhausting physically and mentally, and going to work became a painful thing for me.
I have given feedback to the leader, saying that my workload is obviously too much, but the business pressure on the leader’s side is not small. At the same time, I probably believe that “the best performance today is the lowest requirement tomorrow”, so my efficiency Still have high expectations.
Finally, one day, I felt that I had reached the limit, and then I began to reflect. Finally, I decided to maintain an output that I could explain to the past every day, and I started to fish for the rest of the time, because I found that if I didn’t slack off, I would be tired. sick.
What made me, a passionate employee like me at the beginning, gradually go to the stage of sabotage? I think the most direct factor is that the manager adopts the wrong management method. He hopes that the team can have more output, so he constantly increases the workload of the most hardworking people in the team. Behavior may indeed work in the short term, but in the long run, it punishes effort and rewards laziness—the harder you work, the more work you have, and no matter how hard you try you have more work to do , while the most important returns remain largely unchanged.
So, after a period of time, the hard-working people became desperate and started to be lazy. In the end, the whole team became more and more passive, and the efficiency was not as good as before. In economic terms, this is a typical example of “bad money drives out good money”.
Back to the problem of children completing their homework ahead of time, as a parent, of course I can give him some new homework to fill his free play time, but is this really good? Maybe there will be some effect in the short term. The child learns a little more knowledge, but he may soon find that it is not good for him to do his homework quickly, because the daily homework is always incomplete, and no matter how hard he works, he has no time. Play, and finally one day, in frustration, he will return to the old state of procrastination again.
Of course, I could just add a little homework to him to make sure he has some playtime while doing the extra work, but I still don’t think it’s a good idea unless he’s really learning and can’t keep up risk, otherwise the results will be left behind. However, for a student who can complete homework efficiently, the risk of failing to keep up in learning seems to be relatively small, and when he has the risk of failing to keep up, there is a high probability that he will not be able to complete homework efficiently.
So, to put it simply, if a child can efficiently complete his homework ahead of time, then the rest of the time is his reward, let him play and enjoy his short childhood.
Similarly, if you have someone on your team who is very productive and always gets things done faster, you should probably also think about whether you can give him extra in return when giving him extra work, and if not, Or just leave the extra time to himself.
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