What would happen to you if your home life was more organized than it is right now? Can work-life balance be achieved? What are the tools at our disposal? Could scheduling appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize?What is the challenge we face? I sometimes find that time spent at home can be the busiest time, especially in the times we live in. Imagine someone working from home, home-schooling children, and sometimes even doing a side hustle. Imagine also the full-time home-based entrepreneur. How do they manage to do all they need to do in a day?. We are living in a time when many entrepreneurs and even company employees have adopted work- at – home culture. This comes with its challenges as the lines become blurred between home and work. These blurred lines and constraints on the limited resource called time result in over-worked, under-rested, burnt-out individuals. Whilst good time management has been encouraged and indeed, embraced in the workplace, I believe more needs to be done in changing the mindset for the elusive work-life balance to be achieved.What are the tools at our disposal? To manage time effectively at home, there are many interventions one can employ including setting goals for the day, prioritizing wisely, setting a time limit for every task, organizing oneself, and instituting the discipline of appointments. Yes, an appointment at home! We can spend time pontificating on the pros and cons of each intervention, however, I believe we need to focus on appointments and see how this can powerfully change the course of one’s day regardless of whether it’s a workday or weekend. Life is busy as it is without any intrusions. The question is how do you handle the one who announces that they are at the gate. These can be friends, neighbors, a salesman of some product you do not even need. I am not promoting regimentation here but rather a culture of filling your day with what’s important. Everything that we succeed at is because we carefully plan and execute it. I am a firm believer that you cannot manage time if you do not manage yourself thus I implore you to incorporate planning and appointments into your repertoire. I am not talking about something I do not do. I have to achieve many things in a day therefore I set appointments with my work, others, and myself.Could scheduling appointments and keeping them on the home front help us save time and prioritize? Whereas we have established that it is a normal business practice to set appointments and keep them, we need to abandon the liberal open-door policy of allowing all and sundry to have access to us as and when they please on the home front. Please understand where I am coming from. We each have greatness within us but for us to achieve it we need to culture great habits. Employing the use of appointments at home and seeing only those people you had agreed to see removes non-essential encounters especially during the most productive hours. I know this will vary with culture, geographical region, or even level of affluence, whether you live in a low density or high-density residential area, but doesn’t negate the need to be organized and effective. Controlling access determines how organized you are and how well you will work and rest when the time for scheduled rest comes.What do we need to do differently? We need to be disciplined and diligent, learn to say no, now is not a good time, let’s make an appointment for next week. What are the benefits of this approach? You are not always fire-fighting to meet deadlines, You are not always tired because you have not taken time out to rest. You have set aside enough time to spend with your loved ones or a loved one. If you are a busy person, I am sure you appreciate what I am saying. Whether it’s time to work uninterrupted, family time, or “me-time”, it takes some kind of order to enjoy it.I am not saying that those that come unannounced are bad people. No, not at all, they probably are people you enjoy spending time with. Nevertheless, there must be prior communication so that you can attend to your visitor(s) when it is convenient for both you and them. It can be quite disrupting and a whole day can just pass by without achieving anything that you had planned to do.As we grow older we begin to appreciate that rest and recovery need to be scheduled. The fact that I am relaxing doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to do. One therefore cannot assume that just because you are at home you are available. Maybe you have scheduled that time to rest. That is important. You need to make an appointment with yourself, spouses need to also set aside time for each other. Parents need to schedule a time to spend with their children. When you have some sort of order in your life you determine who sees you and who you see. It also means that your relationships will be healthy and that makes you a happier person.In conclusion, I believe that the work-life balance can be achieved. There are many tools at our disposal just like it is in the workplace.I believe we could do more and be happier if we are disciplined enough to make only the commitments we can keep.I am certain that setting appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize.
Essential Tips for Hiring a Commercial HVAC Contractor
Extreme temperatures are experienced during certain months of the year. During the winter, it gets extremely cold and it becomes too warm in the summer. During the summer and winter, HVAC units prove to be great additions to buildings. They help provide the heating and cooling required during extreme weather conditions. Installing an HVAC unit in your building will be one of the most important decisions you make. HVAC units tend to be very pricey. This is especially the case if the unit is to serve a large commercial building. When you need to install an HVAC unit in a building, the services of an HVAC contractor will be required. Proper installation will ensure that your unit functions effectively. For your HVAC unit to continue performing well, repair and maintenance are also necessary. Hiring an HVAC contractor will be essential to achieve this. When you need the services of an HVAC contractor, you will find many contractors available to choose from. You should avoid hiring the first HVAC contractor you find. Considering a few things will ensure you hire reputable services. Here are a few essential tips for hiring a commercial HVAC contractor.
First, you should determine the services you need from the HVAC contractor. HVAC units differ in many ways. For instance, units installed in residential places will not be similar to those in commercial buildings. As a result, you will need different services when it comes to installation, repair, and maintenance. When hiring an HVAC contractor, it is important to ensure that they offer commercial services. It is also important to determine the kind of services that you will need for your HVAC unit. Visiting the website of the HVAC contractor will help you learn the services they offer. The services offered by the HVAC contractor you are looking to hire should be in line with the kind of services you need. When your HVAC unit is not functioning, staying in the building can be unbearable during extreme weather. When this is the case, you should ensure that the contractor hired offers emergency services.
Another important thing to look into is the skill level of the HVAC contractor. Similar to other types of technical work, skills are developed through years of experience. This is why you should look for an HVAC contractor with a minimum of five years of experience. They will have developed the skills essential in doing quality work this way. You should always hire a licensed business. The internet has made it easy for anyone to pose as an HVAC contractor. To ensure that you are hiring reputable services, proof of licensure should be asked before hiring the services.
Finally, consider the cost of the services. Much like with other services, it is always best to ask for a minimum of three bids before hiring services. The bids will help you be informed on what price is fair when it comes to the services. You should hire a contractor that will give you your money’s worth. Consider these tips when hiring a commercial HVAC contractor.
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