Maximizing your after-work time
In a survey carried out by Bloomberg Business Week, six successful multi-taskers shared how they maximize their after-work time. These executives (3 men and 3 women) spoke about what they do after they finish work for the day.
More work again
Here’s a summary of what they get up to (starting with the most popular):
- Do more work! (6 out of 6)
- Eat dinner (6 out of 6)
- Exercise (5 out of 6) however half of them did it before the work in the next day
- Spend time with the kids (4 out of 6)
- Watch TV (3 out of 6)
- Cook (1 out of 6)
- Read (1 out of 6)
As you can see, yoga, meditation (or even a reading!) are obviously less popular than doing more work. Oh but wait, one man smokes cigars, which (while not the healthiest of hobbies) I guess counts as a meditation of sorts…
What about inner self?
All of this brought back what a yoga teacher once said to me: that we are constantly striving to improve our work, sports or intellectual performance but no one really takes care of their spiritual well-being. Think about it – when was the last time you worked on your inner self? But then, I’m hardly a shining example.
More money than time
The most common excuse for not taking 15 minutes a day for at least some sort of meditation is lack of time. Everyone just shakes their heads – ‘oh, I’d really like to do yoga classes but I just don’t have time’. However, for dinner or more work, we always find time. Funny thing that – food and work is vital, but not our soul…Is it only a question of priorities?
Tired of a material
A friend of mine surprised me recently: when I asked her what she’d like for her birthday, she said she didn’t need a material present. She just wants more music in her life and she has no time to do it – a decent music collection takes time to put together.
I’d love to have a great library but again, this takes years. Nobody can just give it to me.
Feeling happy and fulfilled takes years. It’s not something you can buy, or receive as a gift. If someone promises this to you – don’t believe them. Real fulfilment takes minutes, hours and days of working on your inner world.
And it’s very worth it.