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Use the 4th Dimension

By Steve Jones,

Brad recently wrote an editorial about the career-life balance and asked you to think about whether or not you might be focusing too much time on your career. I write fairly often about the need to manage your career, and learn more on a regular basis. There's only 24 hours in a day, so how do you fit it all in?

The simple answer is use the 4th dimension: time.

We can't fit it all in. There's no way that any individual can work full time, raise a family, be a good spouse, find time for their friends, pursue a hobby, learn more about their craft, and more in a year. However we don't live in a single year; we live across time.

There are periods in our lives when work is busy. There are periods in our lives when our home life is busy. Hopefully those times don't overlap, but that is not always the case. We have to learn to find some balance over time, and work on our goals, not necessarily in parallel, but perhaps sequentially. Spend more time on different parts of your life, at different times in your life.

If your job keeps you extremely busy, then perhaps you don't focus on learning more this year, or you take on less personal commitments. If you really want to work on a hobby, or coach your kids in sports, or run a marathon, you might need to take on less at work for a period of time. If work is slow, and you are bored, perhaps you ought to spend more time educating yourself on SQL Server and improve your future prospects.

There are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 365 (or 366) days in a year. However we live for many years, and we ought to remember that when we have a busy life. Push back, learn to say no, and learn to be more efficient to fit more things in, but don't try to fit everything in.

You only get one life, so enjoy it while you can.

Steve Jones


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