Did You Stop To Think About It? - Working Hours (Part 2 of 2)
What is your most important asset? Time. Our lives literally depend on it. Whenever we are out of it, we are out of here! You see, it seems a fair point to suggest that whenever we have one thing in abundance, after a while, we tend to take it for granted.
Here are some practical examples:
Sunny Days - In the summer, we are constantly complaining about how hot it is and how we can’t wait for the fall (we have abundance in sun and heat). Fall comes and goes and now we have winter. When it gets too cold, what do we say? Exactly, I can’t wait for summer to be here.
Car - You have your car 365 days a year (abundance in asset availability). One morning you go to start it and it just won’t work. Now you start asking yourself, “What am I going to do today without my car? I need to get to work!”
Time - If you are part of an executive team of a business, the chances are that you are a busy bee. Managing who to meet and why meeting starts being a time management priority. However, if you find yourself at home often watching TV (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), you tend to ignore how precious your time is (time is abundant).
Beyond the fact that we need to be more appreciative of the things we have in abundance, it is our responsibility to manage what we have in abundance the best way we can; and do it so intentionally. Especially if you gain something from it, right?!
Zoom out of your daily routines and look at your lifetime years. So, here’s my point regarding the title of this article (Did You Stop To Think About It? - Working Hours):
Let’s say that you start your first job ever at age 22, even though most start at age 15 or 16. Let’s also assume that you plan to retire at age 65. (Just a side note, however, that if you were born after 1960, your retirement age is now 67.) Thus, your working years will total 43 years!
You then work 5 days per week; and 40 hours per week. Because of holidays and vacation, every year you have 15 business days off. Thus,
5 x 40 x 49 (working weeks in a year) x 43 (working years in a lifetime) = 421,400
This is an outstanding number of working hours. If you are not working in a job that you aren’t passionate about, you are continuously stressed, or that you don’t find a sense of fulfilment and happiness, I encourage you to make a change now.
If this was a bit alarming to you and you want to do something about it, here are some articles you can get further guided advice:
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