Time Poor and Life Rich: a juggling act

I’ve had a bit of a wake up call: I’ve become a work addict. Some of my recent blogposts have been turning over the issue of productivity which for me, means optimising the process to accomplish my work-related (day job) tasks with the minimum angst and within the minimum amount of time, and without sacrificing quality or my sanity. And yet I seem to be at it 7 days a week: the more I do, the more flows onto my real and virtual desks. My curiosity and work ethic coupled with the ease and yes, the fun of working at this computer is part of the problem for me. Shiny toys can be drugs too.

Take this weekend, for example … I am resolutely ignoring the pile of examination papers sitting on the kitchen bench. Yes, they have to be marked, but who likes marking, hands up! Results are due Friday, and yes I will get it done. There’s another bulging project folder, but an even more impressive first draft digital document also due Friday. Yes, there’s going to be a gallop to the line … do creative people work best under pressure? Dunno about this furphy. Do I feel guilty about not working on these projects? I shouldn’t, but I do. What’s happened is that I have established a habit of working which has eliminated the time I must have to ‘recreate’ me. Remember when we used to talk about ‘quality time’ with the kids? Having quality time with me is the name of the game now.

Memo to self: In the spirit of   ’50 on 10 off’ (50 mins work and 10 mins off) for a working hour, I will keep Sunday blissfully free, and not feel guilty about it. Today is Sunday! A day of rest once upon a time, and for me now, a day of engagement with my personal life.

It’s time!


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