This morning I read an article about how Aussies now clock in over 50 hours per week work. I couldn’t help but shake my head in disbelief about how we seem to undervalue our time, how we’ve created this work ethic where our lives center around a pay check.
Why are we working so hard?
Apart from those who love their jobs, I can only assume that people still believe that money buys them happiness, but it doesn’t. Research indicates that 45% of lotto winners are less happier or experience no change in their happiness after winning and a lot of these people have come from no money to a significant amount of money overnight.
So, what about the people actually working their asses off to ‘get ahead’?
I have learned over the years that money isn’t everything and for me, the key to happiness is time. So, my values are based on earning an income sufficient to meet my average lifestyle and enjoying all the extra time I have doing more important things and this is how I’ve structured my business.
I am not a hard worker. I invest 10 hours per week into CPS and this is primarily on building my business. You won’t see me filing or having pointless meetings or checking out Facebook during these hours because in doing these things, I am devaluing my time. Instead, I’m learning, connecting, talking with new potential clients, setting/monitoring targets and constantly adjusting.
Monday’s are equal to Friday’s – I work when I want to work and I have been doing this for years. My point is, you can create the life you want to live. If you work 50 hours per week and dread Mondays then change it. Decide what is truly important to you and start making changes to live to your highest values. Everything else is not important.
Life is for living so if you aren’t happy, take action. No one will be on their death bed regretting not having spent more time in the office.