Autonomy is the major crux of every downtrodden colleague or employed individual I’ve ever met. They will complain about how they haven’t got this, haven’t received that, and will tell any pity stories they can to gain sympathy. I can empathize with their pain, however, I will not take it on because of one reason: We have more time in our day than we think. With my work schedule, I estimated three hours for self-development.
The above graph is an abstraction of my work schedule.
The gray blocks represent the time I must spend doing tasks for others and the green blocks represent the time I have for myself. If waking up is our first act of career subjugation, then “sleeping in” or procrastinating in waking up is our first act of career rebellion. I wake up about two hours before I need to leave so I can work on my own dreams before I dedicate a large block of time to helping others secure their dreams.
Notice my little smile avatar sprinkled throughout those blocks?
Those represent moments throughout the day where I can reclaim my mind away from working on this or that to think about upcoming projects. Most people will check their phones, idly scrolling through social media, and I’m no paragon of immunity. If there’s any difference between myself and others in this regard, it’s that I’m more aware of my dreams and more willing to talk about them. Others will tell me about how they’ll someday pursue their dreams, maybe.
Once they get more time?
I carve out time each day. When I first started writing, that meant I only got about 4 or 5 hours of sleep each night, where I’d arrive to work fatigued, then perpetuate a career disdain throughout the week. I’ve since learned to balance my time more. I have another 15 minutes of time before I have to prepare to get ready to go for work. This meant I had to wake up early, but also, I had to go to sleep early. I had to skip an event I kinda wanted to go to last night.
That event wasn’t important, however.
What is important is wrapping up my current projects. I have many writing assignments in the editing bay, from works here to works abroad, and I still have an apartment-mansion’s worth of stuff to suss through to decide what I must keep and what I’m OK with downsizing. These both are blocking me from writing fiction. I imagine when I return home this evening, there will be a natural inclination to procrastinate on both of these projects. It’s easy to watch videos and relax.
It’s not easy to pursue your dreams.
Throughout the day, instead of thinking of negative thoughts about work, I’ll focus on my two main priorities: my current writing assignments and my downsizing project. How can I complete my editing? What box should I sift through next?
I won’t let my thoughts linger on negative events at work.
|Sources: My personal and professional experiences.|
|Inspirations: This essay kind of happened organically. I wanted to write this first thing in the day before I headed off to work so I didn’t have the “I’ve gotta figure out what to write today” thought lingering in my head. Now I can focus on doing well at work, firstly, and secondly: I have targeted the box I will sort through and I’ll copy my longer writing project into a format where I could read it at work.|
|Related: Broadly related to other Downsizing Zeal essays, because without time, you can’t focus on downsizing, so read my other Applied Psychology essays, and especially My Work Schedule.|
|Picture: I thought of taking a screenshot and obscuring it, but that’s more effort than it would have been worth.|
|Written On: May 21st [30 minutes]|
|Last Edited: First draft; final draft for the Internet.|