There is never ever enough time. Americans are busy from the moment we wake unti we go to sleep. The morning is dominated by the commute to work. Both metro delays and traffic congestion across the Beltway can prevent us from arriving to work on time. The workload in the office is dominated by multiple tasks and deadlines. Some of members of the American workforce try to balance work and time away from the office.
We are a very busy with “to do” lists and errands to run. The weekend represents a chance to play catch with everything outside of the office. Can we all take a collective deep breath and relax? No, we simply can’t sit still until exhaustion sets in.
Where does all of this busyness come from? The American work culture sets the tone early on in our school system in preparation for the workplace. Both environments people learn the importance of competition and winning the race.
This post isn’t about an changing our current culture. Americans thrive in our deadline driven, hyper competitive economic marketplace. There are very few things more rewarding than sense of accomplishment we get after the job is done (and done well). Are we missing something from a culture that demands so much from us?
What happens when an event in our lives slows us down? The first instinct I have it to plough through anything that is in front of me. I just applied enough “heart and hustle” to the problem at hand. But what happens when I can’t muscle my way through life?
Life is about learning how to make adjustments. This is a very different perspective regarding work and life. I am learning to make time to live and “learn my way” through life as well. Productivity is not just about hours spent at work and completing tasks on time. This approach to productivity is about making the most out of life, with what time we have.