Young Working Adults

Two questions to keep you on track in transition

In seasons of transition, pause and take stock of what you have in your hand. Then choose to wield it as best you can.

 

They often say that your 20s are for figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you want to do…essentially, a 10-year transition period. This, compounded by the global state of apprehension that COVID-19 has brought, can leave us wondering—what do we do now?

Even in uncertainty, there are still things that are within our control. We can still create a life of meaning and purpose by stewarding what God has given us well. Though meaning might vary for each person, these are two simple questions to ask ourselves to keep us on track during seasons of transition.

 

 

1) Where are we spending our time?

As working adults, we spend half our waking hours on our jobs (which we hopefully enjoy). The other half are split between our social lives, family duties, chores, and other responsibilities—with just a few hours remaining for ourselves and the things that we want to do.

Being intentional in investing this limited commodity becomes even more crucial.

At the end of a long day, it’s only natural to want some down time by gaming or flicking on Netflix. Of course, times for rest and recuperation are important, but has it just turned into a mindless habit? How long are we actually “zoning out” for, and is it just a default go-to?

Two things that safeguard against aimlessly spending time is to, firstly, know what truly nourishes and refreshes you; and secondly, know what our goals are.

Take the time to slow down and figure out how you really recharge. It could genuinely be watching copious amount of dramas—but it might also be talking a walk outside with a podcast playing, going for a swim, or just unplugging from technology. Use this time to truly know yourself, and maybe you’ll discover something during the uncertainty that would have otherwise stayed hidden.

Set goals for yourself to achieve—where do you want to be in 5 years, what kind of person do you want to be? Once we have something to reach for, we are then able to align our time towards that. If you want to switch to a different career path, start researching. If you want to reach some level of fitness, start working out. Find out what you want, then start doing things to bring you closer to that end goal. 

 

 

2) What are we giving our attention to?

We live in a time where so much is vying for our attention—advertisements, our emails, notification pings, the list goes on.

Even though we know that multi-tasking reduces productivity, we still do it. We are exposed to thousands of advertisements a day, spend over 2.5h each day on social media and are generally glued to some form of screen nowadays. 

In this attention economy, what we give our attention to is what forms us. Are we aware of what we are allowing into our thought life? Are we conscious about how much time we are spending on our screens, and what we are engaging with? If we do not carefully and critically think about what enters our minds, these are the very things that can form our views, influence our speech and behaviour, and perhaps even our value system.

It is even more important to think about the information we allow in, what we choose to engage with. While seemingly fleeting at the time, these could end up having a lasting impact on who you become as a person. In times of uncertainty, our human nature tends to turn our attention to things that bring us fleeting comfort or numb the pain.  

However, it is exactly these times that we need to turn our attention to the true source of stability and our ever-present help in trouble. Especially in transition, who we give our attention to, and what we let form who we are, is wholly up to us—the truth of God’s word, or the voices of the world. 

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