Whether you’re working for somebody else, run your own company, or are starting your own business, you know that the world is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. It’s now characterized by words like “fast” and “instant”.

New technologies and the growing penetration of mobile devices have changed it. They help us a lot, but at the same time they add stress into our lives, since we now expect instant access to information  24/7. Do you check Facebook while you’re using the bathroom? Or check email every 10 minutes? 🙂 I bet most of us do. It’s true in my life (at least from time to time) and in the lives of my friends 🙂 Whether it’s good or bad is another topic, but you get the idea.

If you run a business or if you’re responsible for various projects at work, then you know that the market and the needs of clients change so fast now (again due to new technologies and the changing behavior of customers), that you need to be working faster to win business and meet deadlines.

Important questions

In the midst of this crazy and fast-changing world, I am sure we all ask ourselves the same questions:

  • where do I get the extra time I need to accomplish everything I want to at work and in my life apart from work?
  • will this overload and extra work end one day?
  • is it possible to get done all the things scheduled in my day timer, and still enjoy life?
  • how do I spend more quality time with my kids and family?

At a company where I help as an advisor, one of the executives normally works ten hours a day, but for the past two weeks, he has been at work from 9:00 till 23:00 every day!! It takes him another hour and a half to drive to and from work. So, you can imagine what quality of life he has and what his family thinks about it. And he’s not the only one out there doing this. He and many others I meet in various countries are dissatisfied with the situation, as I believe they should be. This is not a healthy way to live in the long run. But while you can understand their reasons for dissatisfaction and even complaints, the most important question is “what are you going to do about it?”  Dissatisfaction and complaints are not doing us any good , and they steal the beauty from our lives. We were born to change the world for the better and we can’t do it if we’re exhausted everyday, every week.

I asked this executive recently,  “I understand how you feel, BUT, do you really want to do this for the rest of your life, or do you want to change it?” “Of course I want to change it,” he replied, “but is it possible in this difficult situation?”

This is the question many of us are asking: “Is it possible to get things done and leave work at 5 or 6 p.m., to have a life apart from work?”

Is it possible to manage time?

Over the years, I have discovered that, yes, it is possible – absolutely! It does not happen overnight, but it starts with one thing – taking responsibility for your life and the choices you make. In the end, you and only you are responsible for your life and what it will be. Until you’re willing to take responsibility for the situation and make a step toward changing it, nothing will change. You cannot continue to blame your company, your boss, or the market for the extra hours you spend in the office. Make the decision today –  “I want to change my life for the better!” and then start working on the things you CAN influence: spending time with your kids, improving your health, overcoming challenges at work or business or maybe changing the work itself. It takes COURAGE to take this first step and I admire people who do it.

I assume, if you’re reading this, you already do want to take responsibility 🙂 and are looking for ways to get your time under control and live a balanced life. Great! Acknowledging that the problem is your problem and taking responsibility to solve it is the first step in your wonderful journey of changing your life for the better. You’re on the right track!

 

(image – The Holstee Manifesto)

 

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