About using your time
Today I finish my job as a consultant at a large Danish international company. For the last 6½ months, I’ve been working with their project management and how to run projects in a more uniformed way. It has been exiting and I have become quite fond of the company and their products. At first I was hired in with the promise of the job would become a permanent position. However, due to COVID-19 and the catastrophic global supply chain situation, the offer was withdrawn.
Meaning from this Friday afternoon, I’m between jobs again. The last two months I’ve applied for several jobs, however without any luck. Så, all December – and maybe longer – I’ll be homebound.
Now, there’s time to preoccupy myself in things I like. Time to immerse into the books I bought but neder read, time to focus on pottery, my latest hobby.
A sustainable life
Sustainability must also be reflected in our life. Too many stress and damage both mind and body. To live sustainable means balance between body and soul, private life and work life.
This also means acknowledging that we cannot do everything. The last months I’ve had to say no to some voluntary tasks, because I want to focus on other interests.
Saying no is something I really need to practice more. The first times it almost hurts inside, because it’s fun and volunteers are in great need everywhere.
I also had to say no to a job, which I knew I wouldn’t like. All my qualifications were exactly what they company was looking for, but the job just wasn’t me. Getting up every morning and go to work in a position you really can’t identify with, is absolutely not sustainable. We all need a salary to pay our food and mortgage, but the good life can also be too costly on a personal level.
Time to reflect
While I have time in December to do Christmas preparations, read and play with clay I will also have time to reflect. EVery time I’ve had a break in my work life, I’ve upgraded myself with new skills. Sea Soil Sky is based on another blog which I created in to learn WordPress. I also learned to crochet form YouTube and lately it’s been pottery I’ve been doing.
I will neither make an income from Sea Soil Sky, crocheting or doing pottery, however it makes me happy. And when you are happy, you’re also a better employee, contributing to a company’s continued development and growth.
This – hopefully short – break I now will have, will be used to take a deep dive into what I really want to do the rest of my work life – 20 years. Of course I will apply for jobs, but the gut feeling must be right. The last few jobs I’ve had, came with a good salary but I only took them as I need to earn money. Being a ressource, which can be let off whenever your boss decides is not good enough. The next job must be the right one and I look forward to a month – or more – where I can relax and reflect on what I want and to whom I want to offer my skills.
Long walks, fitness every day and complete peace of mind – it couldn’t be much better.