To have the ability, to put myself into perspective is one of the best assets I own. I would say this is a personal skill, helping a person to gain new energy and motivation for future tasks and goals. To be honest, I sm not even sure whether this would classify as skill or wthether it is a question of mindset. One could probably call it the ability to reflect.
Taking time to to think – about yourself, your work, your… actually about everything – is a duty we often neglect because we don`t have time. Or more often don not want to make time for. Simply because we believe it is not important. We should change this – it is crucial. Scheduling “own time”, whether it is in the workplace, whether it is in private plays a vitsl role for the personal wellbeing.
In a video, drawing on the purpose of work-life balance (a term which I would like to discuss elsewhere), the authors from theschooloflife.com made a simple case of why humans are (obviously) not as efficient as a strong motorized car. The car simply has one ultimate goal towards which it is optimized.
Perfect car = power, efficiency, usability
The human being in general has more variety in the goals he/she strives for. Family, Work, Friends, Sport… We all have probably more than a handful things in mind that keep us busy (and happy) on a daily basis. Thus we have to realize: we can`t be perfect at everything. However, it becomes clear having the abbility to manage (aka setting goals and priorities) several objectives at the same time is a great asset.
Ambiguity refers in general “to something that does not have a single clear meaning”. Translated into professional life, this means to manage, to handle and to follow (and leveraging) multiple goals and objectives at the same time. To manage ambiguity is actually on of the most important management skills of the future. Currently, researchers are talking about an average attention span of 8 minutes for teens / young adults. Already today it is important to learn how to structure and prioritize different projects, (re)sources, objectives and goals at the same time.
Coming back to the duty of putting your self time aside – time to think. Some friends and colleagues find it funny or even strange to see me putting time away to do nothing but let my thoughts flow. For me it is the key to reflection. Others might go for mediation, running or hiking, for me it is leaning back, closing my eyes and after a while (can actually differ between few minutes for structural / project related tasks to hours or days for more complex aspects of life). I can not even explain which processes are running in my brain and how I start them. But it all starts with taking time to to think and setting time aside for yourself. Thus, now its family time and family is scarving for some sugar… #weekendbakery #timboslife