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Harnek Kang on How Family Time and Weekend Trips Help Busy Professionals

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Harnek Kang is a property developer based in Sheffield, the United Kingdom. He is heavily involved with the affordable housing projects and has a long history of successful ventures. Although his primary focus is property development, Mr. Kang frequently visits international conferences and business meetings. When he is not working, Harnek Kang enjoys spending time with people from his community. This includes everything from organizing local events to playing sports. Additionally, Mr. Kang dedicates a lot of his time to professional networking where he establishes long-term relationships. Doing so helps him connect with future associates and facilitate new projects. 

1- How do you maintain the enthusiasm for your job? 

I consider myself a segmenter. For those unfamiliar, this means that I completely separate all of my work from other daily activities. Meaning, you will never see me bring projects home and use my family time to complete them. I believe that such an approach goes directly against one’s self-care as you become unable to differentiate between your home and the office. 

Also, by disconnecting my life events from any work-related projects, I am able to remain unbiased. For example, I seldom ask my friends or family to help me make relevant decisions. If I was to do something like that, I might be conflicted as there is certainly some bias involved. 

2- What do you usually do during your free time? 

I tend to either go on trips or spend time with family and friends. Although my trips are not extremely long, they help me reflect on life. Sometimes, I use this as an opportunity to come up with new goals that would be beneficial to my career. If I am spending time with others, however, there is very little reflecting taking place. These tend to be the days when I just want to relax and enjoy some company. Thus, I may spend an entire day watching or playing sports, walking, or simply having casual conversations. 

3- Is it difficult to plan for these activities given your work schedule? 

At times, it can be a little tricky to fit everything that I would like to do into 24 hours. When you add everyone else’s schedules, it becomes even more complicated. Nevertheless, I think that practice makes perfect and time management is not different. I used to rely on unwritten agendas where I would simply handle things as they arise. Nowadays, however, I micromanage most of my days as that helps me be punctual and accomplish goals faster. 

4- What is something that people should stay away from when spending time with their family and friends? 

Multitasking. Contrary to the popular belief, I think that multitasking is not something that people should always do. When you are in the office, of course, it may come in handy as you work on multiple projects. If you are spending time with your family, however, it will only be a distraction. For instance, trying to keep up with your emails while watching a football game will ruin the experience. Additionally, it may make it seem like you are placing work first. 

5- How can people who seldom travel get accustomed to frequent trips? 

Very easy. You just have to spend some time learning how to organize everything. Also, it may be difficult to only focus on traveling while completely ignoring work. For those who are used to multitasking, this might be especially inconvenient. Regardless, as I mentioned, practice makes perfect. You can start off by only traveling with a mobile device and leaving your computer at home. That way, you will still have some limited access to things like e-mails and projects. 

After a while, I advise that you completely erase your work-related matters from your mobile device. If you do not wish to do so, then you can get another phone that you use on the weekends. This is useful as it will provide complete relaxation since you will not be connected to your work whatsoever. 

6- Are there locations that busy professionals should have in mind when taking their trips? 

Not necessarily. The idea is to take time off and not focus on your job. Thus, where you decide to go takes a back seat to simply getting some rest. Additionally, you need to prioritize people in your life. Meaning, you can go visit your parents, siblings, or take trips with your significant other. Doing so will easily take the control out of your hands as most of the locations will be predetermined!

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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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