Nine to Five or Forever?

The Infinite Hours Allocated to Work

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Statistics show that people’s job can contribute to workaholism, insomnia and divorce.

What constitutes work in your world?

Everyone’s idea of work is different, so work hours vary, depending on your perspective.

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Do you consider date night with your partner work?

Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed?

What are you willing to sacrifice for work?

I am willing to sacrifice a fair bit for work, or give it a higher priority on the scale of life, but it is because I really do value and enjoy what I do.

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To always be on means that, at all times, some amount of your attention or energy is on alert for the next call, text, alert or whatever and you are not fully on the task, person or environment you are currently meant to be experiencing.

We tend to segment our lives into time where we are ‘forced’ to be doing an activity and free time, where we are able to be our true selves.

How does your idea of work shape your identity?

I still do complain about my job, to fit in.

If so much of who we are is composed by what we do, why are so many people pissing their days away at work? Are we seriously scrolling social media for the majority of our work days? I find that hard to believe and hard not to believe.

What we do for a living seems to help us understand our rank in society, but not our self worth.

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Why do people stay in jobs that suck?

Many people fear change and the known evil is so much safer than the unknown. I have seen loved ones stay in jobs for years and decades that they do not enjoy or even slightly appreciate, just because it pays the bills.

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Fear is the number one life stunting factor in most of our choices.

What is the difference between being paid to do a job and doing an unpaid job? Does the pleasure from one or the other differ? Does our feelings of self worth vary, dependent on the fiscal flow or lack thereof?

Many people seem to discount the amount of time and energy it takes to run a household.

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The other thing with unpaid work is that it takes up a lot of limited space in the brain.

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What is work/life balance?

Work/life balance is like the Atkins diet; it is something we are selling to whoever will buy into it, but in a few years or a decade, we will cringe that we bought into the idea at all.

How much time do you spend at work versus preparing, thinking, planning and stressing about work?

The power of capitalism, is that work grips every aspect of our day, even on our days off.

We spend a shitload of our day thinking, prepping and then unwinding from our work days.

The better question to ask yourself is when are you not thinking about work?

How much money do you spend to work?

On average, yearly, we spend about $3300 getting to work, being at work and preparing for work. Consider childcare on top of this, if you are a parent, and the number gets staggeringly high.

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Are we working to pay for being at work?

Work and life or work with life?

Stay where you are and be sure of a shitty, but bearable existence or seek out new opportunities and risk the shitty safety for the unknown potential of tomorrow.

I write about issues that are near and dear to my heart, with the hope that my stories, experiences, and struggles may empower others: amanlitt.ca

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