Do You Have Enough Time To WFH?
How you choose to spend your time reflects what’s truly important to you. Time never stands still and neither does the virtual world. Lack of time is one of the most overwhelming aspects of modern culture. It causes stress, anxiety and fear. We take classes and read books on getting things done and on managing time. Time is a moving target. It just keeps going. If you are going to enjoy working in your pajamas, you must learn to set and enact your own priorities.
Time management is an oxymoron. You cannot manage time. You can only manage yourself. Time just is. There are 24 hours in a day, whether you are in Australia or New York, whether it is Sunday or Monday. There are only so many hours in a day, days in a month, and months in a year. It is impossible to manage time. Beyond the switch from daylight saving time to standard time or crossing the international dateline, beyond the meridians and the rules we have established for what time it is where, you cannot manage time.
However, you can manage yourself. You can manage your thoughts first and then your actions. Before you can enact priorities, you have to be able to set priorities and stick with them. They are your priorities: you can adjust them. You can determine what makes you feel overwhelmed. You can decide how to spend your time. Often, our perception of what is overwhelming is not real, it is just our perception.
Your attention is what you focus on and your activities are what you do. The expectation of being able to do it all simultaneously is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to success in the virtual world. New online teachers often feel overwhelmed yet, not to minimize the time it takes to successfully teach online, it is not a 24/7 job. But if you are thinking about anything 24/7, worrying about it 24/7 and agonizing over it 24/7, it certainly can feel overwhelming.
Worry, anxiety and fear will make anything overwhelming.