Here are a few ways to keep your job while still retaining some space for the rest of your life
ARE YOU TIRED, worn out, overworked? Do you have enough energy to stop and say, “No, I will not stand for it anymore, I’m tired?” According to the Transport Accident Commission, drowsy driving is suspected to be a primary cause in more than 20 per cent of road fatalities. Most fatigue-related accidents occur during regular sleeping hours, and the more severe the crash, the more likely it is that the driver or drivers were fatigued. Fatigue is a possible factor in almost onethird of single-vehicle crashes in rural areas (www.tmr.qld.gov.au).
Unfortunately, a lot of people think fatigue is only a problem for long-distance drivers, but it is also relevant for shortdistance drives. You don’t generally become fatigued just from driving. Usually, they are other factors that come into play, such as you are possibly already tired when you get behind the wheel from long hours and/ or shift work, lack of sleep, sleep apnoea or physically demanding roles.
Before you hit the road again, take some time to unwind. Before getting behind the wheel make sure you:
1. Get plenty of sleep
2. Plan your trip – work out rest stops and overnight stops
3. Avoid alcohol
4. Check with your doctor for medications that won’t make you drowsy
5. Eat sensibly – not too little and not too much.
What is ‘time’ and what does it actually mean? It seems no-one ever has enough time; it doesn’t matter what we do in our life. Time is all we really have. Being busy is easy, but doing nothing is hard to accomplish.
We all know other drivers and family members who are busy, but they never really have much to show for it. Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.
Imagine your time on this earth was money in the bank. When you were born, 100 years was deposited into the bank. One hundred years is 36,500 days, 876,000 hours, or about 52 million minutes.
Your life may seem like a lot of time, but actually for every second you are alive your life bank account is depreciating. You can never get it back; when it is gone it’s gone forever. So let us reclaim some of your valuable time with three quick tips:
1. Build in downtime in your life. At least once a week, allow yourself the luxury of having a bit of time when nothing is planned, and nothing needs to be accomplished right that minute, including jobs, obligations and maintenance. Just do whatever you feel like, whenever you feel like it.
2. Plan for and stick to ‘off-work zones’. Determine what day, or times during a day, are off-limits for working. Meal breaks, days off and clearly-defined work hours are a great place to start. Decide that you will be off the road between the hours of 11pm and 4am every day, you will eat breakfast every day, you will phone someone you love every day and stick to these decisions.
3. Say ‘no’.
Need I say more? Saying ‘no’ is the hardest thing you will need to do, as you are responsible for your own fatigue plan. Generally, people huff and puff when they are ignored or kept waiting but if you have some standard responses ready to go, suddenly you will find that their urgent is not so urgent anymore.
In this response have a polite thank you, express your appreciation and a short explanation as to why you have said ‘no’. It also helps if you suggest an alternate solution to their problem.
As Apple CEO Steve Jobs had said in his commencement address to the Stanford University class of 2005: “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right’.”
It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something (www.businessinsider.com.au/the-full-text-of-steve-jobsstanfordcommencement-speech-2011-10).
Are there things in your life you need to change?
With Christmas upon us, take the time to make the most of the precious minutes with your loved ones and capture some memories. Also, take uninterrupted time to think about your life and decide if you need to change something?
If you cannot do this; take a risk and help someone else who is in greater need than you. Don’t fear the judgment of criticism. Take some time and ask yourself some tough questions about what really matters to you and act with honesty, love, and integrity and live like there is no tomorrow.
Time is a topic that is close to my heart and I wanted to share it with you.
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Lynette Gray is an international author and launched her own niche transport business, generating sales and building the business from behind the steering wheel, while raising three sons. After 12 years, the business started to fail – undeterred, she changed direction and developed an exit strategy by implementing simple systems that increased the bottom line, which allowed her to sell the business in record time at a greater profit. You can contact Lynette via the website www.womeninworkboots. com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ loadsolutions.com.au