Rahul is a software engineer based in bangalore, india.

this journal is his manifesto to help people tackle everyday hurdles and live better.

Make time for your loved ones

As we grow up and get busy with our career, it becomes increasingly easy to drift away from our loved ones.

We meet less. We talk less. Our conversations shrink. We become oblivious to the people around us.

As workload creeps into our daily life, we start spending less time with our loved ones. Be it with our parents or that special one.

What's worse?

The little time we get to spend is no longer that same quality time we used to spend before we were too busy.

Allow this to happen long enough and you'll start seeing cracks in your relationships.

Those cracks will be the seeds for petty fights. Those petty fights will rob you of your mental peace.

Less peace of mind means more serious fights. Ultimately, distance.

I've seen this happening with me. Happens to the best of us, there's no shame in admitting that.

When you’re entertaining all day long and that’s your work, you end up really very tired. You don’t have a lot of energy left over for your loved ones.
— Sia

You see, I've what you might call a Tunnel Vision. When I get engaged in some work, I just block everyone out and work on it.

While this may sound very productive, too much of it can make your personal life go haywire.

Nevertheless, after months of fights with my girlfriend, I finally started to pay significant attention to my Work-life balance.

This doesn't mean that I started devaluing my work. It means that I started valuing her more.

It has been great since then. We got closer than we ever were.

Humans crave attention, especially from the ones they love the most. It's natural and absolutely justified.

Remember this whenever you start to get too busy. It's not cool to ditch your loved ones in the name of work.

Your loved ones stand by you through thick and thin, why not give them the only thing they want in return?

Your time.

After all, when you're counting your last few days, these will be the memories that you'll miss the most.

Your time is the best possible gift for your loved ones. Start being more generous.

Trimming down

You don't have to finish everything you started