On the clock

There are times when we have to get something done by a certain time, a ‘deadline’ if you will. These are common at work, school, playing sport, performing, writing books, catching flights, and many other activities too. What we have to work out is the best way for us to meet these deadlines. For some people, constantly being reminded of when something is due and checking up on progress, actually slows progress. For others this is a good way to encourage them by showing interest in their hard work.

With all the changes in the world, many people are working from home. While it can be disappointing not seeing colleagues and friends in person, travel time is reduced, allowing for the possibility to spend time on projects outside of work. For me this means diving headfirst into writing short stories for competitions, and knuckling down on editing my first book manuscript. It has been a busy time, but very productive.

Towards the end of last year New Zealand came out of lockdown and people slowly returned to working at work. Many businesses and organisations learned working from home was viable, and in some cases preferable, at least a few days a week. If work that needs to get done is getting done, and people doing that work are happy with it, it works. Other organisations have fallen back into the habit of wanting people to work in their office, even when it’s not necessary to get the work done. I am not qualified to offer advice on which is better in what situation, but I know the best way to figure it out is through assertive communication with everyone involved.

Some jobs require you to be in a specific place to work: pilots, professional athletes, doctors and other front line care workers, delivery drivers, taxi and ride-share drivers. For these jobs, there is necessity to be at their place of work for a designated length of time.

My job is mostly reconciling donations, accomplished at a computer. Much of this can be done wherever I have my work computer and access to the internet. I enjoy the company of my colleagues and working through different problems that arise, but I am happy being by myself where I can get stuck in and get my work done too. Again, I’m not qualified to say whether it’s best that we are in the office as often as we can be, but I know some are happier being able to work from home or outside ‘work hours’ for one day a week so they can spend more time with kids or get other important things done between the hours of 9 to 5.

All I’m suggesting is a little common sense from everyone involved, most definitely including me.

One thing I’ve realised over the past few months is I need to be accountable for the writing and editing I’m doing. I have a goal of getting books published. This requires me finishing writing and editing these books, and working with others who know more about the publishing process than I do. When I work consistently I make progress. When I spend excess amounts of time watching football, or Critical Role, or even learning Danish on the Duolingo app, I choose to take time away from working towards that goal. Rest plays a vital role, but when I set aside time to work on my writing, I must do the work, because no one else is going to do it for me.

Is there anything in your life you really want to get done? What is stopping you right now? Now, be honest with yourself and answer those questions again.

We will all experience legitimate obstacles that take time to overcome, but we will also experience apathy and self doubt. Both are surmountable.

You can do it. Peace.

Cover photo by abdullah . from Pexels.


16 thoughts on “On the clock

    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Life is a work in progress for all of us, from the day we’re born until the day we die.

      I pray for peace in your life to set those achievable deadlines and the motivation to work towards them. Kia kaha. You’ve got this. Peace. 🙌

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  1. Stuart Danker says:

    I realise that I always pick procrastination, no matter what the task, and if I were to be honest with myself, I could actually start doing what it is I’m supposed to right now. This post is a good reminder to actually start on my chores now. Thanks for this post!

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    1. Hamish says:

      You are welcome. Thank you for your honesty! I had a thought prompted by a YouTube video I watched a while ago. Using our procrastination for productivity. Sounds strange, but there is a method to it: Have the things labelled as “procrastination” be productive tasks, just in other ways than we originally intended.

      An example for me would be when I procrastinate instead of working on my current writing project I’ll: do the dishes, read and respond to blogs, go for a walk in the sun, engage in meaningful conversation with a friend, play my guitar. They’re not the thing I planned on doing so my mind still things of them as procrastination, but they *are* progress in other ways.

      Go well into your weekend. It’s good to hear from you. 😊


  2. Sundaram Chauhan says:

    For people who have ambitions other than within their current jobs, this newfound time is a blessing, I guess. Travelling time is a wasted time for them. But others are dying to get back in the thick of things. I know some who want to be able to increase their visibility, impress and stride forward again in the work places. They want to meet people, interact, share. Sitting at home, and getting just the work done is killing them.
    Wish you the best for your writings, Hamish. :))

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    1. Hamish says:

      We humans require social interaction to be healthy. I pray the world can heal so people can return to being their best selves soon, whatever that may be for each one.

      Thank, you and keep in keeping on with your writings too. 🤘

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  3. PoojaG says:

    I really want to write more but to honest university can be overwhelming so I’m sticking with blogging for now. However, as soon as I’m done with this semester I do have a lot I want to do when it comes to writing. Greta post!

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    1. Hamish says:

      Blogging is a great way to practice writing! Every time we write intentionally, with a clear purpose, we are working to improve our skills. University often has writing too! Different types of writing, but there is much that can be learned.

      I enjoy your stories, and learn a lot from your blog posts so I look forward to reading more of them. ♥

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    1. Hamish says:

      Times change. The way work best gets done changes. We, to be good colleagues, bosses, but most of all people, need to be adaptable to rise changes when they work.

      Thank you for reading and your valuable wisdom. ♥

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