The Most Expensive Commodity

I must confess that I have this struggle and I wonder if you do too. What is time management actually? What is the guideline for measuring how well an individual manages his/her time?

There are only 24 hours in a day and a typical workday for a person is at work from 8am (or sometimes earlier) to 5pm (or later). [Of course we’re talking about the regular office workers…] If the workload continues to increase due to new projects or high turnover rate at the office etc… (but the hours in a day do not increase) and the average office worker continues to slog it off from the early hours in the day,..and sometimes at night… (and weekends too).. is that poor time management? Or is it because there’s only so much one can do without sacrificing his/her time with family and doing what he/she wants to do (when not working). And… time – is the most expensive commodity. Once spent – you won’t recover it. (No rewind. No replay)

The problem is – when does one stop working when the workload keeps coming? So – what is considered good time management? (Finishing everything fast – and by that i mean everything… (but it might be shoddy because you have to do everything fast and finish everything. Can one say that as the workload increases and the hours remain constant – the quality of of work drops?

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The Current Struggle

1 Peter 2:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Submission to Masters

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

Whoever said that living as a follower of Christ is easy must not have counted the cost. I accepted Christ in 1992. It has been 26 years. Life, as we know it, continues to throw lemons but the difference is that I have a Friend who either protects me from those lemons or sees me through the times when I try to make lemonade.

We want an easy life, free from suffering but we live in a fallen world with fallen people. But God is more interested in transforming us to be more like Christ.

Towards The End of 2017

The year is about to wrap up. As someone said before, once September comes, you know the rest of the months will pretty much fly by. He’s so right.

2017 has been a very eventful year in many ways but as it draws to an end, I’m beginning to see how 2018 is going to be a tough and busy year. One thing that doesn’t change is that I need God.

Taking extra work load has caused me to get more headaches, become more grouchy, lose my me time and my painting time. The transition itself drives me crazy and I often say to myself “why is this happening? Why is the person who resigned leaving so much shit behind?” Those questions never end. I can’t understand how someone who is getting a decent pay would not do his/her best. I refuse to believe that he/she doesn’t know how to do his/her work correctly.

It has been so stressful and I not only feel tired but it’s such an effort to not throw shoes at this person. Because of what I go through, I find it impossible to wish this person well. In fact, it draws so much strength of mine just to stop myself from wishing him evil.

This is the worst transition. Ever.

Adjustments

So, it looks like I’ll have to do some adjustments. Points to remember. I need to take better care of my glasses (spectacles). It may be a tiny scratch but oh, it can be so annoying. So, I made a new pair (discounted rate). This time, I included the anti blue-light in this pair. (And, I definitely won’t want to get this scratched.)

I asked the optometrist what causes astigmatism. Apparently, one of the causes is reading something that is brighter than the surrounding light. (eg. Looking at the iPad/iPhone in the dark room.) Or,… in a dim room.

Ok, I need to stop doing that.

Just A Small Potato Among Pumpkins and a Melon

If there was ever a day that I felt really small, it would be yesterday. I had to represent my manager in a meeting. She had told me that not everyone was invited but only a selected group. I agreed to represent her without knowing who else would be there. Thank God who sent someone along my way to guide me to where the meeting room was. It wasn’t even listed in the directory, so the chance meeting with a lady who was walking to her office was indeed a blessing from God. Serendipity!

Psalm 8:4 The Voice (VOICE)

I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals—
    sons and daughters of men—
    specks of dust floating about the cosmos.

Guess what though… I had to sit among the group of managers, and a senior manager. Hence, that feeling like being a potato among pumpkins and a melon. Everyone’s introduction was like “I am,…… My team is involved in…. ” Mine was different, “I am,… representing….”

Suddenly, (like just a few minutes ago – as I’m writing this post),..a thought struck my head – which I believe came from the Lord. “Why do you focus so much on what you are among others? Focus on Me.” I was reminded of this verse.

Exodus 3:14 New Life Version (NLV)

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Again…suddenly,.. the realization of being an ambassador of Christ makes me feel so honoured, and special. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter anymore that I never made it to the elite teams in my former schools, and never made it to the dean’s list,… but God loves me…a small potato. Yes, that small potato that sometimes feels like throwing shoes at annoying people at the workplace. God loves me.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.

Jeremiah 1:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
    Before you were born I set you apart
    and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Audits Schmaudits

There’s one thing I really hate, and that’s audits. I know, the word “hate” is rather strong, isn’t it? Well, perhaps it’s because I really do detest audits? Every time I receive an email about an upcoming audit, I will get really nervous. It’s not even that I try to do everything wrong. I do know what to do, and when I don’t, there are always the documents to refer to. However, I can’t help the fact that whenever the audits are scheduled, I become such a nervous wreck. It’d be like studying for an exam all over again, but the difference is I get diarrhea and feel nausea when I’m over stressed.

We just had our internal audit recently and I thought I was going to be sick. Somehow although I have read the processes over and over again, my mind draws a blank when I’m nervous.

Oh yes, I prayed about it. I thank God that my prayers were answered. The auditor didn’t ask me any questions. I can finally sleep in peace.

Good night! Yes,.. it is a good good night and one isn’t audited.

Busy Busy Busy Thursday

It’s Friday tomorrow but I still have so much to do. Things would normally settle by Thursday but because of the long weekend followed by the network downtime, everything still has to be completed by tomorrow and time is compressed.

I was so busy today that I forgot to drink most of the water in my tumbler. I had taken some biscuits and was planning to eat them between 3pm to 4pm but I ended up eating them at 4:30pm. Left office at 5:30pm and the traffic was quite bad due to the rain. By the time I reached home, it was quite late. Ended up  working another hour from home. My eyes are so tired and brains feel like they’re fried. I can’t wait for the weekend to start.

Meanwhile, I thank God that although things are already quite crazy and hectic, it’s not worse than it already is. It could’ve been crazier. I just need to keep focusing on God.