Sunday, January 15, 2006

Looking back

Everyone faces the issue of time management at one point or another, but as more and more people deal with working at one or more jobs, fighting long commutes, managing a household, attending training, responding to increasing work and time pressures of the shrinking workplace, and dealing with aging parents, the days often seem to last long into the night and vacation and leisure time seem to be consumed with issues other than relaxation and personal fulfillment.
I just returned refreshed from trek in the Himalayas and spent a couple of weeks getting back into snyc with pending tasks and work pressure. Today was a day of looking back. I just looked back over the last 6 months of my life to see what I gained and what I lost. It has been over six months since I moved on to a new job now. Days have passed by very quickly and life has become much more hectic now.
What do I seek from life ?
Frankly, nothing too much. Just a simple life which quenches my thirst for travel & knowledge, liking for good books, food and music. Just to be able to spend a few personal moments with my family and friends. Just a few more moments with myself [I have been a solitary person most of the times].
Where do I stand ?
While I am able to do a bit of travel, read a bit, enjoy my foodie habits and music a bit, I am entirely missing being with friends and family. I am missing spending a few moments by myself just because work seems to be never ending. I am out of home from 06.00 hrs to 22.00 hrs. Previously, I would meet up with friends at least once a week but now, it has become difficult meeting up even once in a quarter ! I have this strange feeling that I am going forward as well as backward at the same time.
Am I not able to strike a work life balance ? Looks like it is time to think seriously before it gets over me. Maybe I need to :
  • Set more realistic goals and deadlines rather than stretching myself beyond limits
  • Negotiate a change with my current employer
  • Find a new career
  • Find a new job
  • Slow down my professional life
  • Share the load
  • Let things go
  • Set priorities
  • Learn to say no

In the end, the key word is balance. Need to find the right balance that works for me. Need to celebrate success and avoid dwelling on failures. Life is a process, and so is striving for balance in life.

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