I have been thinking a lot about the idea of time debts and time assets. Is what I am doing now going to save me time in the future or cost me time in the future?
They say (and I don’t really know who “they” are), that if you give a person a fish, they will eat for the day. If you teach a person to fish, they will never go hungry.
This is a little insight, a mind shift, and trick. If you are willing to do the things that other people don’t want to do – you are setting yourself up for success.
No matter what hesitation or disappointment you face throughout the day, you are building the discipline to execute. That’s not just this job, but every job. Everything you’re going to do in life and that you have done in life. You are here because you at some point in time had the discipline to execute. You applied for the job, you showed up to the interview, you did the cold call test and memorized the definitions. You did it. But you didn’t come this far to only come this far. Keep going.
Tomorrow will be June. Already we’ve seen two weeks of warm weather, the air conditioners have gone into their customary window slots. Restaurants and business still remain closed, their French windows and doors open to be more accessible to passerbys; some businesses have even converted storefronts to walk by bars – alcohol being the biggest […]
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?
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.