Juggling the demands of time, in life.

Have you ever wished you had more hours in a day? Or looked at someone like Richard Branson, or your next door neighbour – who lives a completely different life to you, and wished… If only!

Well don’t! That comparison game is a web you do not want to get caught up in. And just because joe blogs esquire over there can juggle a million catrillion things in life, doesn’t mean you need to! Oh, and it’s not to say that you couldn’t do it. Who would I be to say that you couldn’t. However; the question I would suggest you ask is… Where does this fit into my purpose?

When we know, and at the very least, semi understand our purpose we will accomplish a satisfying result in whatever we put our hand too.

N.B. Providing that whatever we put our hand to, is in line with our purpose. Let me be clear on that as I know myself all too well, but to skip over that last section like a sweet row of teapots… ‘Aw that’s lovely. How nice’.

For what I can only put down to culture, or self. I have watched countless number of people spending so much time at work, all night online, and running on nothing, but coffee fuel for the first half of the day. All this has led me to wonder at some point, how do they do it? Is this something I really want to be getting into?

To be really honest, no. I didn’t. Shock horror, I can even feel the deep breathe drawing from within me.

What I failed to realise was that it’s OK to not want to be someone else, or to be doing what they are doing. It is completely OK to have to take a strange route in my career because for me, maybe it had to be that way. Let’s not short change our own individual unique experiences. Let’s not short change our businesses, or teams either.

The internet is a fast moving horse – one only needs to blink, and you could miss something, but why spend the rest of our lives glued to a screen, when you have an opportunity to work, and live.

The reality is, we all have twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. We’re not all Presidents, and pop stars, but we are just as valuable, and the one thing we all have in common, is time.

Culture has taught us so many screwed up theories that many of us end up wasting time, instead of enjoying it. To say that you are just ‘killing time’ is one of my pet hates.

And my point is… I’m getting there. Bare with me…

Whatever you find to be your purpose to be. Whether raising kids, building a business, studying at university, being a friend, a wife, a husband, a daughter, or son. Whatever the hats of life are for you, (and there can be multiple) we just need to make sure that we the take time to enjoy each, and every one of them. 

There will always be periods of complete craziness, (for some more than others). Still, instead of looking down on someone else, comparing or judging – We really ought to learn to appreciate the time we have, and gain some perspective. For instance; when we lose our job, we are actually gaining an opportunity to change gears, step it up a level, or move into another lane – formulating a new plan. Am I saying we don’t have bills to pay, of course not. I believe that to juggle the demands of time successfully, we must:

1. Make time, and gain perspective

2. Learn when, and where to share the load

3. Know your purpose, and list your non-negotiable’s


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Published by Leanne

Social media manager for Oxford University Press. Entrepreneur and writer. Here to inspire.

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