Time management should definitely be a subject in schools. So many of us are fully grown adults who find it difficult to juggle your work, family and other major and minor pursuits that may interest you. That is very natural. When you are caught up in work do you really have the time to do other things like pursuing your other hobbies or what you might be really passionate about? Yes you do. “Do what you love!” – one of those many inspirational quotes that you will find hanging on so many bedroom walls. But it’s easier said than done. We rarely get to choose what career we opt for and hence total preoccupation with work devoid of any social life results in frustration. Here are a few things that you can do about it.
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Schedules are cool. Planning ahead of your time takes you a long way. These days digital planners are a life saviour. At the beginning if every month, make a detailed schedule for the coming days. It’s not possible for you to know exactly what you are to do everyday so blanks are also fine. But make an outline, get started. That way you will realise how much of free time you have for yourself and other things you may want to indulge in.
Stick to your schedule. Don’t be a bummer and let loose when it comes to planning. Once you have updated your planner make sure you follow it to the T. If you get into this habit religiously you will be able to juggle work and other hobbies effortlessly. Now there’s only 24 hours in a day so you cannot expect to find a lot of free time. Don’t get greedy, you get paid to spend time in your office after all!
Owner at AdSitalSolution, Siddhesh Jain feels, “One does not need to quit his/her existing job to peruse a passion, all one needs to do is draw a line between work time and time for passion. I feel the person should approach the boss, and make the boss aware that the person needs time for a particular activity. The person could either start work early, or sit post office hours to make up for the time he/she was out of office. These days even bosses understand the need for people to be out of office, and they allow work to be done from home. In case your boss does not agree, then you got three options peruse it in morning before office, post office hours, or keep it on weekends to be safe. In today’s world finding a job is difficult, and hence one should learn to find a middle ground to this problem”.
Don’t be lazy on weekends. If you really want to do other things you will have to compromise a bit on the leisure front. Since everyone is so drained of energy throughout the week they get lazy during the weekends. Don’t do that. If you want to do something you are passionate about weekends couldn’t be more fun, believe me.
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Priorities are everything. Make sure you prioritise your hobbies and proceed accordingly. It is also essential to have a budget plan drawn and to give yourself mini hobby vacations whenever you can. It will rejuvenate your mind and give you the creative space you need. To do lists are also cool. Say a big yes to them early in the morning and your work will be more organized.
Everything in life is about balance. Balancing your career and passion will help you grow more as an individual. If you feel too overwhelmed take a step back. Try and contemplate. Think about how you may want to go about it. Everything in life, especially everything good takes time. Maybe if you invest enough in your passions someday you will be able to make a career out of it. But that is not mandatory. Self-actualization is important but so is economic stability. In between work and hobbies however don’t forget to socialise!