Finding time

Time is right now my most precious commodity. I can barely find the time to keep up with either my blog or others and I miss that. I miss the communities that I am involved in online and I miss learning new things – be that about Food Security, photography or secrets of success from people who are making it. On the flip side, my discipline of making a to-do list every morning and ticking off tasks is being put to test. In all these running around, I am still trying to find the time to remember to answer emails and get the most important things done and off my desk. So my solution right now is that instead of writing long, thoughtful blogs, I am going to stick to creating smaller blog posts 🙂 Lets see how that works out.

About 5 years back, I had a boss – Pradeep Kotnala – who had the habit of making the round at the end of the day and asking us “What have you done today that adds value to yourself? or to this company?” It could be anything really, he even counted a simple face-to-face conversation that eases daily interaction between colleagues of different departments as something that has added value to the day. He encouraged us to get up, walk to another department, floor, building, wherever … to go sit in front of people and sort things out rather than write long explanatory emails that keep going back and forth. His constant questioning made me evaluate my daily plans in a completely different light. I made more time to take online courses and trainings, more time for face to face interaction, more time to dig into things and find out how they really work. He pushed us to greater heights with that simple question.

These days with all these time constraints, when I am trying to decide what to do and what to let go off… that question is what I ask myself and then… I go with the answer.


Posted on October 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. So much seems to depend on ‘time’. Today was my great-granddaughter’s birthday. I’ve mentioned in a couple of blogs my husband and I are moving and between packing today and sleeping on and off all day and early evening I forgot to phone her in ‘time’. I am so upset with myself because I knew today earlier and yet put it off till later…and now later is gone….It’s not easy to control! ….Diane


    • oh, I’ve done that a couple of times and then I have wondered why I did that. Good luck to both of us on staying on top of things to do 🙂


  2. Hi, I was wondering where you’d been. I think whatever works best for you in creating value each day is what other people will have to live with. Best of luck to you!


    • Hi, I’ve been burying myself in work. Just stopped to breathe and remind myself that there’s more to life and me and I am neglecting the things that I do enjoy … like blogging 😉
      And you are right about the value addition thing – today for me, just learning a new fact about Holland was value addition 🙂


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