Charting a Direction


I learned this today, and I had to share it with you.  We pray for time to do things, and often when that time does come our way, we end up wasting it.  The reason we lose time at home is that when we are at work, we are used to following a schedule that serves to keep us on point with our work.  When we are at home, we are more relaxed, and as the extra time comes our way, we tend to zone out with a good book or in front of the TV.

Zoning out at home is not wrong unless you are spending 24 hours a day at home. Too much undefined time could be hard to handle.  To avoid the angst of not getting anything done, you should build a schedule.  It should be a schedule filled with the things you want to do and run like a schedule or plan that you are used to using.

Start by making a list of all the things you would like to do or need to do.  Add in the typical items you are used to doing.  If you have a coffee break at a particular time, be sure you have coffee at that time.  If you meet with coworkers to talk, give one of them a call to see how they are.  If there are other things, you usually look forward to doing, see what you can do at home that can fill that void.  Take your list of work, needed and desired, and assign it blocks of time.  Usually, two to three-hour increments are just about right.  It is enough time to do something without getting overly bored.

Schedule what you will eat for each meal ahead of time.  Scheduling does not mean you cannot change your mind; it just means that you have something to look forward to eating.  The important thing is that you are keeping your mind active.

By planning and scheduling, you are not only keeping mind and body active, you are also completing projects that you wanted to finish.  Getting things done releases endorphins in your brain and makes you feel better.  I could stand to feel a little better right now.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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