You, First

Many of us can agree that there is more to life than the work we do (especially when it is not geared towards an aspired career). Sade, the lead singer to the British band that takes after her name, talented and profoundly passionate about her craft, never allowed her work to interfere with the way she wished to live her life–around family and the closest of friends–hence the gap in between her album releases. She took the time to learn about herself, her relationships…to enjoy life, which I can only imagine helped to fuel her creative side of songwriting that almost always leaves her music timeless.

Most won’t admit it (I will), but we revel in that “busy life,” even when it doesn’t exist. We get so caught up in having so much to do (in other instances, pretending we have so much to do) and wanting to do everything and in the end, nothing gets accomplished. Picking one thing and tackling it with diligence is much preferable to taking on a hoard of tasks likely to go unfinished–you’ll reserve more “you” time with the former.

Help yourself grow: Take some time out of your “busy” schedule (chances are: your job will go on without you) and partake in the activities that cater to your interests, passions, and knowledge. Discover what makes you tick–there’s no way of telling until you’ve dabbled in the areas you’re not particularly fond of.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your blog–so true, and relevant for me. I’m in a profession–where I do believe–you are your work, and I honestly can think of nobody who works in this profession full time who does much of anything outside of work. Expect me. I love writing fiction; and while a sensible work colleague suggested to me–that I could work full time–and still have the time and energy to do the writing I want to do– as mentioned–that doesn’t fit with my experience. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, of course…even though at recent meeting of one of boards–a relatively new board member made a suggestion that I could do something –that I couldn’t even imagine fitting into my work week (in fairness–I think it was an off the cuff suggestion–that he hadn’t really thought through..)…and where I’m going with that–is to set up a work schedule/reporting system based on a 40 hr. work week, designating the number of hours available for each facet of the work, seeing what I’m doing with them now, and having input from the people I work for with about what they want me to be about–given the time that is reasonably available. Of course, it’s just a model–not written in stone–something that could be helpful–in just trying to get a handle–on what a life giving work week could look like…for all of us… I know I do so much better when I have a sense of balance in my life; and I’m sure it would come through in my enthusiasm and energy on the job.

    Just some thoughts…


  2. Mcpiper, thank you for reading and sharing. To some degree, I think we’re all definitely striving to achieve (and maintain) some balance in our day to day responsibilities. Glad to see that you have a bit of a system that proves to be both effective and efficient. Keep at it!

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