PRIORITIZE TO MULTITASK

The most difficult task of all, according to me, is time management.

Just 24 hrs in a day, of which 7-8 hrs, I spend sleeping, and out of the remaining time I tend to do so many things.

So, the big question is, how am I, going to squeeze cooking, cleaning, playing, studying, writing, family, friends, etc., in those 17 hours?!!! And I’m sure many of you wonderful readers can relate to this situation.

So, in such cases, one tends to multitask. Some can do it with great ease while others struggle with just the idea of it.

I’m the former kind. I’m not saying it’s easy, mind you, it’s more difficult than it seems to be. But still I manage to wash clothes, clean the vessels and cook simultaneously, while I was on the phone with my dear friend. Hence, the tasks which were going to take up 2-3 hours, when done separately, took only 1½ hours, multitasking.

Now just the other day, as usual, I was all worked up, running in and out of the kitchen, supposedly showing off my multitasking skills, and trying to push my limits, when I got hurt badly and spent more than double the time in recovering from it.

Sometimes, multitasking helps to keep the mind busy and keeps it away from pondering on unnecessary problems. All you can think about while juggling between tasks is ‘what to do next‘.. rather than let your mind lingering over less important or matters of nil importance.

So for people facing such problems, where they tend to float away from reality, time and again, shuffling between tasks come in handy.

I’m neither in favour of it nor against it.

In some situations, it helps, where 100% of your attention is not needed. Many household tasks don’t need your sole engrossment and your concentration can be divided.

But a few major issues like family, job, studying…all these need all the raptness possible. As these are the priorities in our lives. They need our sole discretion. Multitasking in these situations brings out the worst possible outcomes.

All I’m saying is that everything has its pros and cons, and so does this. One just needs to prioritize, categorize and only then multi task.

TAKE A PAUSE AND RELAX

Hello Everyone,

Guess whose words are these:

Don’t lose life working for a living”

Can you?  Ok let me put a pause to this guessing game.  They are mine!  Sorry if it was in a bad taste but the words need thorough introspection. Let’s do it:

I start with myself: Last year August I went to doctor after suffering for almost six months with pain in the elbow.  After consultation and X-ray i found out that there was a serious swelling in the tendonitis due to excess work pressure accompanied by my neglect.  The treatment course continued for an equal period of six months before returning to normalcy. Though it was not terminal in nature to be discussed on this platform but the severe pain did make me cringe in the course of discharging my duties towards family.  Neglect was not worth.

This is exactly what most of the homemakers (housewives) do – Put themselves last.  In their bid to shoulder and handle the responsibilities of the household and loved ones they constantly neglect themselves.  One thing we must remember and never hesitate to answer – “If I am not in good state of health who will shoulder my responsibilities?”  Answer is NO-ONE because no one can, period.

*Case 1, points to be noted:

  • It’s okay to procrastinate a chore or two for few minutes or hours for that matter, no one is judging you.
  • Take an off in a week for sure.  I know weekends can never be day offs if one is a housewife for obvious reasons.  Then a weekday must serve so, it has to be that way.  Monday is my weekend 😉.

Do you go out and work?  If the answer is yes I would like to ask you few simple questions :

  • what are your working hours?
  • Do you work at (from) home as well?
  • How often you receive calls from your boss after office hours?

Well you can take your time to answer them one by one😊.

Surprisingly the definition or the limit of working hours is getting blurred and diminished making it limitless or infinite.   For example :  An employee who has reached home after tiresome day at office receives a call at dinner table from his boss asking for the details of an important file.  The employee leaving the dinner along with the family waiting aside starts working on his laptop while active on the call on the other hand.

This is not an imaginary hypothetical situation.  Blame it on the cut throat competition or the weak implementation of human resource laws  it is happening for sure (I have been a part of such work culture).  More of a need than choice sadly. What are the consequences:

  • Possibly an attractive incentive with skewed graph of time spent and moments cherished with family.
  • Bonus of reeling under work pressure and disturbed balance of relations.

Do you know that in France it is not mandatory to take office calls after working hours?  It’s okay to put automatic “Out Of Office” reply for mails once you are not in office actually. No one will question that.  The only reason is that the importance of having work and family time balance is given a thorough thought.  Balance is important for a happy life – least to be said.  Had only GDP been a measure of happiness then likes of USA would have topped the Happiness Index, it’s pretty simple.

*Case 2, points to be noted:

  • Bosses not necessarily love you:  Get this point clearly.  In contrast to the first case one should understand that as an employee of an organisation you are not indispensable.  If you are not in a capacity to perform there are many,  ready to grab your position and the employer won’t wink before taking the decision in favour of…. Well I leave it for you to decide.  Taking this into consideration you definitely need a moment for yourself be it a vacation or an evening with friends and family and that too often.  That would only enhance your productivity and keep you alive in the game.
  • It’s only you for the family and vice versa.  Respect the fact.

The crux of this page long discussion was “Pause And Relax“.  It’s good to work and you must, your work must speak for you, but remember  never let your work crush you.

 Relax, you are not Lazy.

Kalpana