Working your priorities
Day 277/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
As with anything of value, working from home requires some disciplines to be in place to ensure you are able to successfully juggle all aspects of life, and not give precedence to one or another.
To be honest, I've been quite surprised to discover with this pandemic situation that working from home is a new thing for many people. I've heard that the main reason is that employers haven't trusted their people to work from home in spite of the technology enabling us to do so being available for decades.
It's been a couple of decades since I was working in HR and nowadays in the gig economy, it surprises me that this is still such an untried phenomenon.
There's been a work office in my home for some 20 years. Initially I discovered that as a workaholic I could easily work 60 hours each week at home. That had to change. Both the propensity for workaholism and perfectionism and the idea of dedicating all my waking hours to work.
With a young son to raise and a home to keep, albeit small and compact, a garden to nurture and a life to live, it became obvious that I needed to set some priorities.
Last evening I listened to a video of Sadhguru at a business women's conference and a number of questions were about how do they care for their health and well-being when they have so many other demands. It surprises me still that people think that they don't have choices. You have choices!
You have choices about your lifestyle and how expensive it is. You have choices about each and every aspect of that lifestyle from your spend on the essentials to items of convenience and luxury. You can choose to live more simply and exquisitely, or large and lavishly.
You can choose to fill your life with busyness or not. What is all that busyness about? What are you hoping to achieve? Is it practicable? When do you plan to live?
If you are so busy in your business or profession that you don't have time for your health and well-being, your family and friends, for conversations and sharing of your wisdom with your children, then what does it mean to live? And what are you expecting to become of you and your health as you age?
Your work in important, and so is your health, your inner work, you family and more... all the things that you hold important need to have some fuel to thrive. And that fuel is your care and attention.
Wherever you work home or in the business office, establishing your priorities in life will determine how much time and energy you put into them.
My hope for you is that you will thrive.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.