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Tempus Fugit ...

There aren't enough hours in the day ... I really need a day off ...

Time really is one of our most precious commodities; it can never be replaced. If you find yourself increasingly under pressure to deliver with not enough hours in the day, maybe it's time to consider what YOUR priorities are.

I used to be a total workaholic, working upwards of 70 - 100 hours a week at times. My own fault; I'm one of those people who likes to get the job finished. The problem arises when you find yourself in a position where the job is never finished ... how do you train yourself to take a step back? Can you? If someone knows the answer to that question, please do let me know - I still haven't figured it out.

The solution for me arrived in the form of redundancy. To some that may sound alarming, as was the case for the majority of my colleagues who were also affected. However, I found myself quite excited at the prospect of new challenges ahead. I decided to give myself a month off to recharge the batteries and decide the course of my future. A plan was formulated, I took some temporary work and went back to school to obtain another qualification. Finally, in October of last year, I started my own company. Work is steady; I also have plenty of leisure time and am now able to indulge in the hobbies which had all been mothballed for several years. The moral of the story for me ... work out what is important to you and make time for it. Life then decided to demonstrate that point ...

Shortly after I started working for myself, my mother's health took a turn for the worse. It certainly focused my priorities. Because 70+ hour weeks were now a thing of the past, I was able to be there for her in her final weeks. I held her hand as she peacefully passed away and thanked the heavens for that redundancy ...

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