If you and your loved ones aren’t affected, you could be easily saving anywhere between 1 and 3 hours every day. Bonus on the weekends! The question is what are you doing with all this time you have right now?
For most, it’s family time. For some, it’s time to catchup on life and other mundane aspects of it that are mostly ignored, which I don’t want to get into right now. But what amuses me is that most people do take out time for family despite their hectic schedules. There’s no way around it. Of course, the quality goes on-and-off but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. I honestly think we should make the most of this time doing things that we usually don’t get to do much. If that’s “family time” for you, that’s awesome!
For me, things are a bit different. While I value family time deeply, I decided not to include them in the additional 3 hours I’ve gained since the 1st of March, 2020 (thanks COVID-19! But I still hate you!). Yeah, I know, it sounds so selfish as my family “gets to see me so little” during the work days. In the grander scheme of things, however, I think…
a) I’m doing this for the family — they will benefit from this “investment.”
b) I’m still carving out time for quality time with family as usual but with more dedication and attention (and they like it!)
c) no matter how you look at this, for some folks, including yours truly, it’s work (and business) as usual, except that you’re spending a lot of time at home
I believe this is a great time for us to invest in ourselves as we usually don’t get to do that during our “regular” work days. It’s time for you to read, read, read, read, and then some! Queue up those documentaries, lectures, workshops, and training videos, that you’ve been longing to watch for a while. This might also be a great time to pause and reflect on the things that you want to work on and the action plan to follow.
I get the feeling that we’re not going to experience this situation in our lifetime again. (If we do, we “learn” some more!) So, make the most of it! All it takes is your willingness to work on yourself and having the resilience to ignore your temptations or status quo (spending time with family) and work your plan.
Are you up for it?