This is an excerpt from my kindle book, The Pajama Tycoon
Have you heard the phrase ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’?
It may sound like something out of an Enid Blyton book, but it’s true that working all day and not having any fun can really make us feel tired and grumpy, forgetting how to relax, switch off and do the things we love.
While I don’t know who Jack is, Andrew certainly gets fed up if there’s too many things to do on the task list, and I don’t have time to walk the dog, go ballroom dancing or simply sit back and take a break with my family.
The truth is, not many of us leap out of bed every single morning full of enthusiasm, with butterflies in our stomach and the heady thrill of anticipation bubbling over, at the thought of a new week at work.
While we will always associate the weekend with pleasure, relaxation, catching up with friends and doing the things we love, sometimes the week following can seem like a tax on our lives designed specifically to pay for those two short days.
When you think about it, this is a poor equation.
How many other areas of our life would we spend in paying this much of a price, for such a short reward?
It would be like forking out a million dollars for a holiday which lasts for three days, or spending our life savings on a car which we only got to use once a year.
So, given that most of us spend our entire working week longing for the weekend to come around again, what can we do to make things easier?
Apart from the obvious solutions, such as giving it all up, winning the lottery, or waiting for a rich benefactor to come along and give us enough money for a life of luxury, where every day is a weekend, how do we change this uneven equation?
I have an idea.
Imagine if, instead of waiting for Friday night to come along each week, to get away from the drudge of work, we actually made our work interesting and rewarding enough to balance out the equation in our favour?
Instead of dreading Monday mornings, imagine if we actually looked forward to them with the same anticipation as we do the weekend – how would that change our lives?
This isn’t just fancy – it’s possible. Here’s how.
When we work for ourselves, we are masters of our own destiny.
We get to choose what projects we do, when we do them, and how we do them. This means that we have the full potential to work in a way which inspires, enthuses and motivates us.
However, most of us don’t do this.
Instead, we select tasks based upon how much revenue they will bring, and how much benefit. The trick to being happy at work is to bring in other factors for evaluating success and effectiveness in our work.
How happy will it make us?
Will it satisfy our need for creativity?
Will we get the chance to learn something new?
Will we get rewarded for it?
By treating work as a holistic element of our lives, we get to bring in other important factors for making us happy, rather than just concentrating on generating cash.
It may sound tough, but it isn’t. If we love writing, we should write more. If we love technical development, we should focus upon that.
If we need a break between twelve and two each day to be happy, we should get up earlier and make it possible.
If we crave company, we should rent an office space with people we enjoy working with.
If we hate admin, we should outsource it, finding other ways of generating cash to cover the cost.
By treating work in a holistic way, and looking at how we can grow to love it, every week can be seven days of Sundays. It’s simply a question of knowing what we love, and making it happen.
Write down what aspects of your business you love and hate doing.
Concentrate on the tasks you love and get others via outsourcing to complete the ones you hate.
This is an excerpt from –
The Pajama Tycoon
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