What would happen to you if your home life was more organized than it is right now? Can work-life balance be achieved? What are the tools at our disposal? Could scheduling appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize?
What is the challenge we face? I sometimes find that time spent at home can be the busiest time, especially in the times we live in. Imagine someone working from home, home-schooling children, and sometimes even doing a side hustle. Imagine also the full-time home-based entrepreneur. How do they manage to do all they need to do in a day?. We are living in a time when many entrepreneurs and even company employees have adopted work- at – home culture. This comes with its challenges as the lines become blurred between home and work. These blurred lines and constraints on the limited resource called time result in over-worked, under-rested, burnt-out individuals. Whilst good time management has been encouraged and indeed, embraced in the workplace, I believe more needs to be done in changing the mindset for the elusive work-life balance to be achieved.
What are the tools at our disposal? To manage time effectively at home, there are many interventions one can employ including setting goals for the day, prioritizing wisely, setting a time limit for every task, organizing oneself, and instituting the discipline of appointments. Yes, an appointment at home! We can spend time pontificating on the pros and cons of each intervention, however, I believe we need to focus on appointments and see how this can powerfully change the course of one’s day regardless of whether it’s a workday or weekend. Life is busy as it is without any intrusions. The question is how do you handle the one who announces that they are at the gate. These can be friends, neighbors, a salesman of some product you do not even need. I am not promoting regimentation here but rather a culture of filling your day with what’s important. Everything that we succeed at is because we carefully plan and execute it. I am a firm believer that you cannot manage time if you do not manage yourself thus I implore you to incorporate planning and appointments into your repertoire. I am not talking about something I do not do. I have to achieve many things in a day therefore I set appointments with my work, others, and myself.
Could scheduling appointments and keeping them on the home front help us save time and prioritize? Whereas we have established that it is a normal business practice to set appointments and keep them, we need to abandon the liberal open-door policy of allowing all and sundry to have access to us as and when they please on the home front. Please understand where I am coming from. We each have greatness within us but for us to achieve it we need to culture great habits. Employing the use of appointments at home and seeing only those people you had agreed to see removes non-essential encounters especially during the most productive hours. I know this will vary with culture, geographical region, or even level of affluence, whether you live in a low density or high-density residential area, but doesn’t negate the need to be organized and effective. Controlling access determines how organized you are and how well you will work and rest when the time for scheduled rest comes.
What do we need to do differently? We need to be disciplined and diligent, learn to say no, now is not a good time, let’s make an appointment for next week. What are the benefits of this approach? You are not always fire-fighting to meet deadlines, You are not always tired because you have not taken time out to rest. You have set aside enough time to spend with your loved ones or a loved one. If you are a busy person, I am sure you appreciate what I am saying. Whether it’s time to work uninterrupted, family time, or “me-time”, it takes some kind of order to enjoy it.
I am not saying that those that come unannounced are bad people. No, not at all, they probably are people you enjoy spending time with. Nevertheless, there must be prior communication so that you can attend to your visitor(s) when it is convenient for both you and them. It can be quite disrupting and a whole day can just pass by without achieving anything that you had planned to do.
As we grow older we begin to appreciate that rest and recovery need to be scheduled. The fact that I am relaxing doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to do. One therefore cannot assume that just because you are at home you are available. Maybe you have scheduled that time to rest. That is important. You need to make an appointment with yourself, spouses need to also set aside time for each other. Parents need to schedule a time to spend with their children. When you have some sort of order in your life you determine who sees you and who you see. It also means that your relationships will be healthy and that makes you a happier person.
In conclusion, I believe that the work-life balance can be achieved. There are many tools at our disposal just like it is in the workplace.I believe we could do more and be happier if we are disciplined enough to make only the commitments we can keep.I am certain that setting appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize.
Chris Brown issued a groveling apology to Robert
Glasper after throwing a temper tantrum online
over his win at the 2023 Awards on Sunday night. On Monday,
the 33-year-old rapper took to Instagram to publicly express , 44, in a series of since-deleted posts during
a fit of jealousy.In a screenshot of a
message sent to Glasper from Brown, shared to his Instagram Story, the Under The Influence singer began his
note by writing ‘congratulations.”I would like to apologize if you took offense to my
reaction at the Grammys.
You were not the intended target and I know I came off really rude
and mean,’ he added. Brown went on to reveal after doing his ‘research’ on Glasper, he thinks the artist is ‘amazing.’ Sorry: Chris Brown issued
a groveling apology to Robert Glasper after throwing a temper tantrum online over his win at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday night; seen in 2022’The organization isn’t doing us Blacks
our due diligence,’ Brown continued.
‘You and I should never be in the same category… two totally different vibes and genres.’He concluded the
note by writing: ‘So from one Black man to another, congratulations.
Hope you are able to feed your family for life.
God bless my G.’The olive branch comes after Brown tweeted:
‘Who the f*** is this?!’Sharing his thoughts on social media, the
rapper penned: ‘Y’all playing. Who da f*** is this? Who the f*** is Robert Glasper.’In the tirade,
Brown also wrote: ‘I’ma keep kicking y’all a** respectfully.’He then quipped that might take up the harmonica to vary his skill set, in hopes of winning the award in the future. ‘I gotta get my skills up…Ima start playing the harmonica,’ he added. In a third Instagram Story,
Chris edited a photo of himself playing the harmonica and wrote: ‘New Level Unlocked!
Harmonica Breezy.’ Winner: On Monday,
the 33-year-old rapper took to Instagram to publicly express regret for lambasting the pianist
, 44, in a series of since-deleted posts during a fit of jealousy ‘I would
like to apologize if you took offense to my reaction at the Grammys.
You were not the intended target and I know I came off really
rude and mean,’ he addedRobert’s work has seen him
collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, Lupe
Fiasco, Mac Miller and score the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Apollo. Over his career,
Glasper has won five Grammy Awards and been nominated a total of 11 times.Meanwhile Brown has won once
at the show and been nominated 21 times. Spoke to soon: Brown went
on to reveal after doing his ‘research’ on Glasper,
he thinks the artist is ‘amazing’ (seen in 2022) Following his
win, when asked how it felt to ‘get that Grammy,’ Glasper told reporters
‘it felt amazing.”Honestly, I was literally videotaping it when they happened and I
was telling the camera, ‘I’m about to lose, but I’m just happy to be here.’ ‘And, I actually won!
So it’s an honor to be in the category with PJ Morton, and I mean, you
know, Mary J.
Blige, Chris Brown…it’s incredible.’ Rude: The Jazz artist has previously won four
Grammy Awards and received nine nominations, but Brown took to Instagram to ask’who
the f*** is this?!’ Envy: In the
temper tantrum, Chris then quipped that might take up the harmonica to vary his skill set, in hopes of winning the award in the future Embarrassing: In a
third Story, Chris edited a photo of himself playing the harmonica and wrote:
‘New Level Unlocked!
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