There are only 24 hours in a day, 8 or more are spent at work, the next 5 to 6 hours are spent with family or with yourself. If you have school after work then you have less time to go around as your days speed through in a slow pace, because you are waiting for the year to be over so you can finish and graduate.
The next 6 to 8 hours are spent sleeping, well at least you hope. Then there is the morning where you may have 2 hours or less for your self as you get ready to go to work. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do much.
If you find yourself needing more time, I have good and bad news. You’re not going to get more than 24 hours, but you can play with the remaining hours you do have for yourself.
Write down what you do during the hours you have free, make a plan to give yourself at least an hour of no computer and no social media. Fill your extra time with things you really enjoy, like a good book, drinking a cup of coffee or writing a story, listening to music and dancing in your room. What ever you do, enjoy the little time you have left in a day as you should enjoy living the remaining years of your life. Have a great week.
I thought I would share today’s experience as it was rather odd and I don’t really know what to think about it, besides of the fact someone was having a really horrible day.
So a co-worker and I were thinking about a place to go for lunch and I had a mentioned a great Filipino food place that was not too far away from work. So we went there and arrived, the guy who works at the counter was very friendly and remembered me from the last time I ate there which was about 2 weeks ago.
So my co-worker and I ordered and sat down at a table close to the entry way. We were having a great conversation about work and outside projects when not too long after we sat down, you could hear an argument in the kitchen, I mean this was a heated argument. No pun intended, but it got so heated everyone in the restaurant turned around to look towards the back to see if there were going to be any pots and pans flying through. My co-worker and I looked at each other and was ready to bolt out of there not knowing how mad the guy was in the back or how far he was going to take his anger.
The nice gentleman in the front counter looked distressed, worried and embarrassed. I felt horrible that all of this was happening especially knowing the nice man felt helpless. So about 5 minutes later the whole kitchen staff, three guys and a lady came out of the kitchen pushing out one of the guys, I am assuming he was the guy yelling.
Finally things calmed down a bit and most of the customers left during the quarrel. My co-worker and I stayed through it. After a while the man calmed down and left, that’s when we left to go back to the office. But before we left, I thanked the man at the counter for a wonderful meal, and that I would be back again soon. He smiled and said thank you very much and sorry for the scene. I said no worries, it seems like that guy is extremely passionate about cooking.
The only takeaway I have for this story is that it’s probably not good to be mad while cooking or near food. Cooking is energy and anger and frustration will give off its own energy as well. Not to say the food will be tainted with evil, but it probably wasn’t given the love and attention it could have received. I don’t think that cook made our food as a woman brought it out but she wasn’t part of the 3 men and a lady from the argument.
Overall I’m just glad no one got hurt. The whole incident was bizarre but interesting at the same time. Just thought I share my experience for today.
“Always, always trust your first gut instincts. If you feel something’s wrong, it usually is.”
Quote by unknown author
Right now at this very moment you may have to make a very important decision about something or someone. You’re not quite sure what is but there’s something about the situation that just doesn’t seem right.
Whether it’s taking a job, or going to an event, or not hanging out with that person who gives off a weird vibe or that you’re just not sure about, you start to think about your issue sometimes overthinking which causes stress and anxiety which doesn’t help you trust yourself.
I was faced with this challenge many times, but for example a recent event for me was whether or not to go to a job interview that I was just not feeling too certain about and that it was not feeling like the right fit for me. It wasn’t a being nervous thing or being scared about the job, it was more of a feeling that I got when I thought about it and how it made me feel about possibly working there.
It’s a large popular company that is very famous here in my town and would look great on my resume. But the feeling I got when I thought about the job, images kept popping up and red flags keep telling me that this is not what you should be doing. As glamorous as it seemed, the only thing that was attracting me to the position was the money. It was really good money.
I ended up going to the interview to see if what I am feeling is just thoughts and overthinking. Once I arrived and went on my way to the interview, I was not too excited to walk in the door, the parking lot area was filled with many cars and parking far didn’t appeal to me. Walking in the door of the building, people were dressed in corporate attire, very quiet int their work and not engaging with each other.
Once I met the person who was going to interview me, I got the vibe that she was a nice person and seemed interested in me and my experience. But when we walked in the room to interview, it felt like the interrogation room you see in police movies, just more brightly lighted and decorated with motivation signs, you usually see in businesses to keep employees feel like they are really doing something miraculous for the company.
After learning more about the job description from the interviewer, I also knew that the position was less attractive than what was posted on the job board. The duties she described seemed mundane and boring. Nothing really creative, although it claimed it was a “creative” position.
After the interview was over, I thanked the interviewer for her time and told her I would think about the position. In my gut feeling I knew she was going to call me back for a second interview. Low and behold a few days later she did, and I wasn’t excited. I knew my gut feeling was working in my favor, it knew that it wasn’t the right fit for me. I would have taken this job and lived with the regret of certain boredom while wearing uncomfortable business casual clothing.
You have built in mechanisms within you that are there working in your favor. Listen and trust yourself by quieting your mind and having a chat with your gut who is your soul’s best spokesperson.
To end this story, I enjoy the company I currently work for, it is much more creative and my version of business casual are wearing jeans and flip flops.
Have you ever experienced listening to your gut instinct about a situation over just relying on your thoughts? Leave a comment, I would enjoy learning about your experiences!
This is a struggle I am having currently in my life. This thing called “work life balance.” Do I really have such a thing and how do I really achieve it? If you look at it like this, It’s not necessarily real for allot of people. We have jobs, family, school, outside activities that take up at least 16 hours of our day each week. The last time I had anything close to work life balance it was when I worked four 8 hour shifts and had 3 days off each week. That was the most work life balance I have ever had. I really do feel I was at my most happiest state.
Now I am on a mission to achieve that reality and have the balance I am craving. I’m seeking the balance so I can work on my businesses. Working a nine to five is difficult when you are building your dream, but there are ways to manage your time to get more balanced and to feel like a whole person again. So when the next time some one asks how you’re feeling you can honestly say “I’m good thanks”
Schedule one hour a week to have your me time consistently. This can be 1 hour a day, reading a book, meditating, praying, taking a bath, taking a walk. making art, talking with a friend. I schedule a energy healing session twice a month. What ever you do you’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed to keep going.
Adjust your work schedule. If you have a flexible schedule at work, see if you can work from home a couple days a week if possible. Get as much as done as you can and prioritize the rest of your day to focus on you or your family.
If you can’t adjust your work schedule, take as many breaks as possible to get outside and get some fresh air. Even a 5 minute break will help you feel refreshed.
Let things go. Work and family make us busy enough, if possible skip on the small chores one day and move those chores another day that’s flexible and spend the time you’ve created with yourself and with loved ones.
Make the time. If you think there is absolutely no time within your schedule to take a break for yourself. I challenge you to find the time, whether it’s an 1/2 hour after your family goes to bed or 1 hour before everyone wakes up. Create the time by moving your schedule around.
Take a break from social media. Now I’m not saying give it up, but just take a break from it. The time you spend on social media could be allot more than you might think! There was a time that I took a 6 month hiatus from all social media, it was hard at first but I it was the mental break I needed. Try a day or two break it to start.
Where ever you find your time, make it count. The time you have is valuable for self care. We all have to work but make the most of how you care for your well being. I’m going to continue to strive for work life balance. Family is very important to me and I want to make sure my legacy remains in their memories that I was there for them
How do you balance your work and life? Share your ideas, Leave a comment below!
Last note, I love audio books. And these days reading for me is listening to an audio book on the way to work. My next listen will be this book called: