Are you tired of all those time management strategies that never gave you any favorable results or didn’t last for more than a few weeks or days?
Do you have a desire to spend more time with others but can’t?
How to make more time for giving? Do you think giving can actually improve your lifestyle? There is a saying “The more you give, the more you received”. Helping a lot especially those in need is more than enough to call yourself wealthy.
Let us answer some questions, as we too have gone through the same phases and have seen a few of our close friends combating the same challenges.
Sharing you this wonderful Chinese saying that goes like this “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. Click To Tweet
This saying only tells us that true happiness can be found by helping others wholeheartedly and without expecting anything in return. Although we have different definition of happiness, some may define it having a happy life, having a lot of money, earning a lot of money, and even having an stable job or having good career.
Based from my personal experience, helping out even in the simplest way gives me the feeling of success and happiness that I can’t find somewhere else. Earning good money online or at work, is incomparable to the real happiness of working from home, spending more time with family.
After discovering them, you must put them in a list according to their importance in your life and manage your time suitably.
It is true that it’s better to give than to receive. When you give more, you receive even more. What’s important is you know how to be thankful for every single present you get.
On the other hand people who are too giving sometimes ends up being hurt.
There are ways on how we can avoid it.
1. You share the same passion
Passion can serve as a strong foundation when we give. If we love what we are doing, we care more, we give more and we feel happier. Just an example, if you are a teacher, you tend to be more active in helping out of school youths as you provide free tutorials or teach them read and write.
Our passion makes us rich.
2. Your Time
Time is the most precious and valuable thing you can give. To help people doesn’t always mean you need to give monetary help or material things. Sometimes just being there is already more than enough.
As the saying goes “Time is Gold” is precisely right. Time grants us the chance of doing what we are passionate about, of what makes us happy.
3. Know where your help is going
It gives more happiness to the giver if they know where their helps is actually going to instead of helping organizations where they don’t share what’s actually happening with the help they collected from people.
4. Be proactive
Generosity should be genuine and natural. You don’t donate to flood victims because of your friends. Giving should come from the bottom of your heart.
5. Don’t be guilt-tripped into giving
You must know the reason why you want to help. You don’t help people to reassure that you’ll get the same help when you are in their position. It should never work that way. Give because you want to do it.
If you are still unaware of your life’s purpose and struggling to dedicate your time for others, take a few moments from your busy life, and give these some thought.
Trust me, it will be a life-changing experience.
How much time is worth volunteering?
There are times when I get amazed by people who apologize for being able to volunteer only for one or two hours a week. According to them, this short period of time can’t make a difference to anyone or to any cause.
Some people don’t even understand the value of their potential contribution and avoid volunteering as they consider it as a waste of time. If you regard yourself to be one such individual, this exercise will certainly change your perspective.
What I have realized from my experience about volunteering is that it is very useful. The very thought that giving a small amount of time can make no difference to anyone’s life, couldn’t be further from the truth.
Let me prove it to you by walking you through a short exercise. It will take you only a few minutes to do this and trust me you will find it worthwhile.
• First, think back over your life and make a list of every person who had a positive impact on you.
• Next, once your listing is done, note down the amount of time they took to make that contribution.
• Now, review your list once again and consider at least one person, who had helped or encouraged you in a very short period.
This is where true happiness starts. It will back so much memories that can give you the sense of belongingness, purpose and will translate to you dream life, Life full of happiness.
Most of you, while practicing this exercise, will uncover the memories of several such individuals who contributed to your life in a positive way. You will find that most of them did it through their small gestures or by something that they said. If they could do it for you, you too can do the same for others.
Remember, there must be someone in this big world, who is waiting for you to volunteer and donate whatever time you can afford, to make their life beautiful and the world around them a better place to live. Don’t let your thoughts of desiring more time for volunteering engulf you and stop you from doing a good deed.
Don’t let your thoughts of desiring more time for volunteering engulf you and stop you from doing a good deed. Click To Tweet
Questions to Ask Before Volunteering
Volunteering is very rewarding but requires a lot from a person. So before applying one must be dedicated and passionate about it. There are questions to ask before volunteering.
Volunteering is one of the most satisfying jobs that not only helps others but also keeps you mentally stimulated.
It allows you to get involved with new things that help people in need while developing your own skills. But volunteering can also be a frustrating experience for a few, who jump into the work without any prior plan or research.
According to me, before you commit your time and energy to a venture, find all the obligations related to it.
As my own experience says, before you take the charge of a volunteer work, estimate the time required to accomplish it.
In the past, whenever I took the position of a volunteer, I felt that it took considerably more time to do a quality job than mentioned by the organizations. Thus, before any commitment, discuss the job with the organization and evaluate the time according to your competence and the task given.
Many organizations do not reveal the actual hours taken by past volunteers with a fear that you might not take the job.
Few of them, do not even have the required skills to assess the actual amount of time to execute the work. In most cases, these syndicates state whatever they learnt from others and their estimations are not based on the ongoing task or situation.
Regardless of what you are told about the amount of time and the skills required by the organization, do your own research. Check if they meet your expectations and only then, take your own decision.
With this act, you can evaluate your own compatibility with the work. Considering the other priorities of your life, judge if you are ready to take the volunteering responsibilities or not. If you find that the liabilities will be considerably more than you can bear, look for another volunteering opportunity, matching your competency.
Once you take part in a volunteering task, matching your needs and skills. You will certainly fall in love with it and devote more time to volunteer for such causes.
Once you take part in a volunteering task, matching your needs and skills. You will certainly fall in love with it and devote more time to volunteer for such causes. Click To Tweet