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Time-where do I find it … 2

Time-Tracking

Time …. Please, please halt … But as the saying goes “Time and tide wait for no man”. This is so true.

So here I am back again after a short break.  Lots of things happening in and around me and frankly I could not spare time to blog anything. Nowadays my professional life is keeping me on my toes and I am trying to balance it out with my personal life too with work on my priority list. So you can figure out that I am just running from home to office and office to home and then in-between trying my best to spend time with family and friends.

Today I had to write something, as yesterday evening when I was helping my daughter to write an essay as a part of her school work she all of a sudden asked me why I have not written any post for a long time. Well, she is one of my loyal readers who makes it a point to read my blog every time I write something.  I just smiled and said I will write soon and hence this had to come today.

I miss my old blogging days where I used to write many things and had no need for motivation from anyone. Truely, during that time I was not that loaded with work and presently my work responsibilities have doubled up and I am drowned in work :).

Many a times I have thought to write something but then I feel that I already have a lot of things floating in my head and might not be able to do full justice to the blog I want to write. Today on the contrary when I started writing, words just start flowing out from my head. I feel nice expressing when I write.

As for where my work is concerned I had a few deadlines to meet and hence was too tied up so much so that a couple of times it has happened that my office landline rings and I am so engrossed in my work that I pick up my mobile and say “hello” later to realise that someone is trying to reach me on my office phone :).

One more instance that comes to mind, I was on a call with my wife and simultaneously officially chatting with my counterpart regarding some issue and I literally kept the phone down without saying anything to my wife wherein I actually had typed bye on chat. Now don’t think I am aging out or losing my senses.

Additionally, along with trying to catch up with time I’m also trying to catch up with my sleep. Waking up early mornings to catch flights returning home late and back to work early next day is eating up my sleep. The only time I can catch up on some sleep or rather power nap is during my traveling time be it train or flight. The moment I get to my seat my eyes shuts off.

But yes time is running faster than we can imagine. Days and months and years are just passing by within a blink of an eye. I vouch to spend more time over here and update my blog more frequently. I will try my best to make my presence felt more often.

This is in continuation to my earlier post “Time-where do I find it”.

Wake up….

As the saying goes “Life is too short so enjoy before it’s too late”. Time never stops and I feel that it is running at its full speed. This post of mine is bit different as compare to my other posts of mine. I have tried making a list of things which one can do before it’s too late.

Well these are just few of the things out of the many and there is no particular order to be followed.

  • Speak your heart out – Do not keep anything inside you be it feelings, anger or frustration.6112mdU416L Don’t fake smile – but instead say what you want to say.
  • Do something unique Something which you are afraid to do it like skydiving, paragliding, deep sea-diving, bungee jumping. This will truly make you alive.
  • Try new skills Learn Japanese, learn to play guitar, learn salsa. It could be anything as long as it is completely new for you.
  • Make new friends I know this is very easy and I am sure all of us have so many friends then again a new friend… why not ?? 🙂 Well, who is to say, this new friend may come with so much more to learn from – it may get you to being more spiritual or daring or help you develop a new hobby. Well that new friend can be one whom you have been ignoring. The new connection may spark new starter in your life.
  • Reconnect with your inner child – Do all the things you have done in your childhood. Like watching Tom and Jerry cartoon, playing marbles, riding bicycle, read comic books.
  • Reach out to old friends Talk to your best friend from school and do inform him/her how much you have missed him/her all these years. Bring alive the old memories.
  • Do something for others All these years you have been doing lots of things for yourself. Now this is the chance for you to do something, well at least one thing for someone. Small things like pay for the education of your domestic’s help child. Or sponsor a full year meal for a person in need. All these small little gestures will take you a long way.
  • Spend time with your kids – till the time they want to spend time with you. Once they growstock-vector up they will have their own priorities in life and their own children to look after.
  • Know yourself Take few days off and go for a holiday just by yourself.  Unwind, clear your head of the past, think about yourself and know your life & its meaning.
  • Take control of your health – Are you a person who is fond of butter, cheese and all oily food and you have never exercised till date. If yes then start exercising, walk more and more, do climb steps instead taking the lift, give up parathas for rotis, give up cheese and butter. Start indulging yourself in Yoga. If you wait any longer, it may well be too late.
  • Last and not least – take stock of your life. Take a good look at what you have accomplished and where you failed till now. Start your journey fresh and alive.

Life is too short and it’s getting shorter every minute. So just don’t waste a single second – do the things you always wanted to do and which you know is good for you. Learn to say no to things which you don’t want to do but because of pressure you are forced to do it.

WFH

working-mom-cartoonWFH a.k.a. ‘work from home’ culture is slowly gaining popularity in Indian sub continent. Soon those days will be gone where an employee had to give excuses of medical reasons or some emergency to work from home. WFH is now accepted by most of the companies, especially IT sectors. Many times WFH helps to maintain work-life balance and helps to enhance productivity.

WFH concept works typically for people who do not have to interact or there is minimal interactionwork-from-home1 with others in the company. These people have to work on laptop using the local software installed on the laptop. One of the important ways WFH helps is by saving on travel time especially in big cities like Mumbai. The amount of time spent travelling from home to office and back is equivalent to 40% of the time you spend in an office. Normally an employee spends minimum 8 hours a day in office and almost 3 hours additional for the travelling. So yes, WFH helps people to spend more time with the family while working 8 hours a day. 🙂

work-at-home-550x359The type of hectic life we live and the amount of time we spend away from family (for work matters) is affecting lot of people by spoiling their relationships with family members. Lots of companies are getting complaint from employees and many times the main reason being citied by an employee for quitting is the time lost travelling in a day. So companies like Microsoft, DELL, IBM have acknowledged WFH and think that this helps in the retention of good resources by giving option of better work-life balance.

The WFH culture picked up momentum from last 5-6 years in India, although other countries like US have been doing this for more then a decade. WFH can be most beneficial to female employees who have lot of other responsibilities at home like taking care of kids as well as other domestic chores.

WFH is not feasible for all sectors. Only people with minimum personal interaction required can use this facility. On the flipside work-from-homesome companies like Yahoo do not acknowledge the WFH culture and think that face to face interaction as well as the office environment helps in getting better productivity from an employee instead of sitting at home and working.

Indian companies still cannot digest this culture and hence many or rather most Indian organizations do not accept WFH offer.

My personal view is that WFH culture should be allowed as it helps to save time as well as balance family life too. And yes if allowed by the organisation then an employee has to seriously follow it, the reason I am mentioning this is because we Indians take everything for granted.

Does your organisation allow WFH culture? What are your views on it?