How do you maintain a good work-life balance? Do you feel you spend a healthy amount of time across the most important areas of your life? In this blog series, K2 IT Recruiter, Sorin Petrov looks at the key areas IT consultants can focus on to help improve their career and lifestyle and achieve greater satisfaction out of life. The second blog in the series, this post focuses on your time management and how you can be more productive with the time you have.
In my most recent blog for this work-life balance series, I discussed the importance of setting out a foundation for a work-life balance. In this blog post, I’d like to talk about time. No matter what you do or you don’t do, time keeps on going. It is a fixed resource, there are 24 hours in a day, not more, not less. It’s sad but necessary. Enough about abstract wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey concepts, so how do you manage it?
The short answer is, you can’t. Deja vu? The thing is, you can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself within the time that you have. Does that make sense? Think of time as a river and you as a fisherman. The water will flow by at a more or less constant rate and bring about boats, fish, logs and mermaids. It is up to the fisherman (you) whether or not to cast the line, jump on a boat and travel or talk with the mermaids. Maybe it sounds a bit ridiculous but what matters is the perspective. You cannot control the river, only what you do with yourself in and around it. One cannot control time, therefore, setting this insurmountable task before oneself is bound to discourage even the bravest.
How do I control TIME? That’s impossible!!! How do I manage myself for the next 2 hours? Well, that’s easy, I just do stuff!! One controls time through self-control. You don’t manage time, you manage yourself throughout time.
The second key concept is doing things efficiently and effectively. As we previously discussed, no matter what you choose to do, part of it will be work, part of it “life”. Find something useful in what you do and a growth opportunity in it. Then think about, is there something better I could be doing? If yes and possible then go do that. If not, then keep doing what you’re doing. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
For example, I could be watching a course on my specialization but instead, I’m watching cat videos. That’s not bad time management, that’s bad self-management. Have I been working for the past 4 hours and I am now exhausted and need time to relax? Watch some cat videos to relax and then continue working. Cat videos or not, time flows at the same rate in either case.
Make yourself the best you can be within time. ride the river, don’t waste your efforts trying to change its course.
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