A matter of Time

Interestingly I came across this article about time and it made me ponder. The quote used by the writer, David Richards was thoughtful.

" Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let other people spend it for you.”----Carl Sandburg

So spend your time on things that really define who you are. You cannot buy everything you want in Banana Republic with a limited budget. Similary, you cannot do everything demanded to you in Life neither.

Then I stumbled upon another article by Adrian Savage in lifehack.org about the how employers expect us to do more and more with less and less time.

I particularly like this part:

Instead of being like a hamster in a wheel, running and running and going nowhere, try settling simply for what matters most to you and ignoring the rest. My guess is you’ll find you achieve far more that matters..."

Here are another few articles written by Adrian Savage on this issue:
Saving Time?
And the magic ingredient is..Time
No time to smell the flowers?

The best part being a college student is that I have all the time in the world. Now and then, I can have all the control of the time, like now--Spring break. ;)

So what really matters most to you in your actuarial career?
For my stage, as an actuarial student, what most matters is to go through the actuarial exams and earn the designations.
The designation is more than just the letters behind your name on your business card.
Yes, it is a bigger paycheck as we all know,
Most importantly,
it is a "passport" to gain you access to bigger projects and make a bigger impact to the world.

Or in a more monetary sense, you can see it as a guarantee on job security,
though I don't know how long it will last because I don't think there is any job security left in any industry nowadays.


James said...

Interesting article on "saving time".

Completely off the subject, I can almost see the need for increased productivity as a vicious cycle, this belief that unless people work longer hours, the company will not survive. People naturally goof off at work; 60 hour weeks cause people to goof off even more, which causes management to demand that people work even harder, etc.

We don't need to work longer, or work harder -- somehow, we need to work smarter. And deciding what "smarter" means is the crux of the argument. Certainly, you can't work "smarter" if you're not satisfied with what you are doing -- working "smarter" requires total connectedness, working for higher objectives, and undoubtedly, few reach those heights. It means first, that you love what you do; what it means beyond that is untelling.