I think about people I know – in debt, maybe dropped out, unemployed – in short, not living the life they want to live. Friends say they want to get a job, but one look at their diary and you see their actions don’t reinforce their wants. Friends say they want to get out of debt, or that money “stresses them out” – but sweep those problems under the rug and they don’t solve themselves. Often, problems will multiply (and with debt, it literally will get exponentially worse).
A productive pause is taking a moment to be still and take stock of everything you have and where you are. Productivity is not just mindless doing and on to the next, this is where the Pause comes in.
Whether employed or unemployed or somewhere along the spectrum, take a moment to look around. Do you know where you are? Do you like where you are? Is there somewhere you want to go / get to? How are you aligning your small decisions to get you there?
“How’s your job search going?” I cringe at the message. I know my friend is just asking how I am and making conversation using something she knows about me, but I still recoil at what the question implies – that I am actively looking for a job (like the other XX million unemployed). Was I […]
This productive pause has given me time to reflect. How should I spend my money? I should spend my money on living a life that I like and would be proud of. Where do I want to live? What would I like to spend my time doing?
The past two weeks have been challenging as I try to structure my time and set personal goals for each day. We tend to feel a sense of accomplishment from the work we do by the end product or result. Successfully completing that work assignment makes us feel confident in our abilities. When paid work is no longer there, you have to look for other kinds of work that can give you that sense of fulfillment. This is where cooking can come in.
Job loss is difficult, not just the financial uncertainty, but the loss of the familiar routine, the community of colleagues, and the sense of purpose from work. Then include the anxieties around a global health crisis and the looming fear of a fast approaching recession… trying to figure out next steps can be overwhelming. It was for me.
Kindness is having kind thoughts, about my situation and especially about myself. It’s easy to feel like my time is unproductive or that my value is based on whether or not I have income coming in. How much is my time worth? And if I am not getting paid, am I worth nothing?
A job meant the ability to take care of yourself, with money and employer-sponsored benefits. A job meant you were self-sufficient.This short time of being unemployed has taught me that is a lie.
When I started bringing lunch to work, I freed up not just my cash flow but my time and mental energy too. On top of that, I was controlling the quality of food I consumed.
We are paycheck-to-paycheck employees, living in apartments owned by paycheck-to-paycheck landlords, working for paycheck-to-paycheck companies. Who’s idea was this?