Time Mapping Through Transition

Posted on July 4, 2009. Filed under: Professional | Tags: , , , , |

Since reading (okay, listening on audio-book) Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing From the Inside Out, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of time as an arithmetic equation. That is, there are 24 hours in a day and try as we might, we cannot put 25 hours of activities into it. We can steal from other activities, but ultimately, if you want to do 25 hours worth of stuff (technical term) in a 24-hour period, it doesn’t add up. This is an important first concept.

Next, consider life maintenance activities, I call them LMAs for short. Within the course of any day or week, there are things we have to do to support our existence — things like sleeping, eating, hygiene, housework, paying bills, maintenance work, etc. These are things for which we can get great joy if we have the right attitude. I’m familiar with the zen-like state that comes while so focused on a mundane chore like cleaning the oven that I lose track of time and location. Even if you can’t seem to use the activity as a trance producing state of ease, the LMA must still be done.

Finally, over the past few years I’ve developed a belief that work and job are two different things. A job is something I do for money to support my lifestyle while work is something that feeds my soul, it can be either job or non-job related. For instance, when I’m doing “men’s work” or “volunteer work” I’m not getting paid, but these things feed my soul. Even when I am on-the-job though, I may still do things that feed my soul. Helping a colleague solve a problem or create a plan for example. But there are some job-related activities that do not provide intrinsic reward, I treat these activities like paying taxes — I gotta do ’em even if I don’t wanna do ’em. (more…)

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