One of the things I hear a lot of people say is “There is no time”. In fact, I make this statement a lot myself. Twenty-four hours is never enough and truth be told, if a day is miraculously prolonged to 48 hours, I’m sure it will still not be enough.
So how do we find time when there’s no time? How do we create time for those little but important things we take for granted when we seem to be choked with work? Those little things like hanging out with friends, going to the cinema, checking up on family etc. Is it even possible; to maintain a balance between work and social life? I’m still searching for the answer to these questions myself.
I am very guilty of neglecting my social life in favour of work. I’m a workaholic. I just don’t know how to stay idle. Throughout my service year, I was involved in one activity or the other. From my CDS group to my church; I was always engaged. However, my social life suffered. I was never able to find time to hang out with the new friends I made. I also couldn’t get to know my neighbours properly. I was hardly ever at home. I left the house very early and when I got back in the evening, I’d be too tired to engage in any kind of conversation.
It’s sad but I really struggle to find that balance and I have come across a lot of people who are like me. So what’s the solution? I read a book by John Maxwell where he said he intentionally creates time for family in his schedule. That way, he is able to create that balance. I actually want to try this out and see if it will work for me.
For the remaining months of 2014, I want to create more time for family, friends and other important people in my life. Will you join me? Life is short. It’s good to work and achieve our dreams but it is also good to have family and friends to fall back on when the chips are down. We will only be able to do this when we give our time and attention to growing our relationship with them.
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