It’s like day turns to night…
You are in for work early morning, tons of emails waiting to be read. You open them one by one and it says Hi Loong, please… Hi Loong, Could you… Hi Loong, Do this.. and that… Typical morning of every email-connected employee. Mundane routine every single workday. You head right to work on those emails and phone calls starts coming in, IMs start popping on your taskbar. Distractions. You attend to those and left your email hanging on there. After calls and IMs exchange you get back to the email and you forgot where you took it off and now you repeat the whole process again. Not a simple email asking how are you? or how is it going? but more work request or information request kinda thing where you need to search for information and gather them to be expressed in an email to be replied.
What’s worst is when your boss is giving you a task that you have never done before in a very tight schedule. Not a small task but multiple projects. You request for training, but the answer was no. You ask for more time, but he tells you that was the time that was committed to upper management. Feeling unfair you were wondering why wasn’t the schedule being discussed with you before proposing it up? You are going to do it alone, not him. Well, that’s the scene many are going through daily. Fair? No. So. Do.
Malaysians clock more than 10 hours a day everyday. That’s 2 hours or more work for FREE. Should we learn to take it slow and “do the best we can”? That’s a very subjective phrase and very vague to be defined exactly as not everyone’s best are the same. You are only comparing to yourself. Not others. So should your boss. Whatever happens you need to go home at the end of day no matter what, you need to eat no matter what and what’s most important is that you need to attend to your loved ones after work. Balance. We strive so hard to strike while the sunrise and sunset times are set for centuries, but we (at least me) find it hard to follow.
Work/personal life should be like day turns to night.