We all work way too much! Here are my thoughts on the endless cycle of earning & spending, and ideas for a different approach.
Have you ever noticed that is costs money to earn money? My usual job is part-time. But due to some changes in the team this year I put my hand up to work full time for 6 months. I describe this to others as ‘falling on my sword’! But in reality I really don’t mind because I’m one of those increasingly rare people who loves their work (most of the time anyway!)
What I have learned during this time is that the more money you earn the more you spend. Some of this is choice and some is necessity. Spending on clothes and food goes up. There are increased costs to run a car, and more is spent on parking. My petrol costs have gone way up.
Many people comment about the extra money they spend on daily takeaway coffees and buying rather than bringing lunch. It’s an effort to plan meals for the week, organise lunch, and prepare something after a tiring day at work. Eating out or getting takeaways at Continue reading
I’ve temporarily returned to full time work, and immediatedly noticed the need for better planning. As much as I love to cook, I don’t like the thought of having to face it every night. And apart from dinner don’t we all need something prepared ahead of time to take for lunch? So on the weekends I try to get ahead of myself a bit. On one such weekend recently I roasted the last of my home-grown pumpkin, along with some bought eggplant. Whilst the oven was hot I baked a loaf of bread. From the garden I picked a big bunch of coriander, some cherry tomatoes, snow peas, bok choy, and zucchini. I found some forgotten-about yellow split peas in the pantry and looked up a recipe to make them into soup.
In my quest to live a slower and more thoughtful lifestyle, I find myself thinking and talking a lot about the work-earn-spend-waste-repeat cycle. It’s all too easy to get caught in this cycle. Ok, I’ll come right out and say it. I think that many of us are way too focused on earning money. Some of us aspire to live the sort of consumption-focused lifestyle that we believe will bring happiness. Others are already living it, and need to work to maintain it. This comes at a considerable cost to the individual’s wellbeing. But the other impact is an environmental one. This impact can be seen everywhere. Discarded coffee cups from the morning’s Continue reading
The beginning of a new year is the time when people traditionally take pause, reflect on the past year, and resolve to make some positive changes. ‘A better work/life balance’ is something we hear lots of people expressing a desire for. Many people say that they feel out of balance. They feel that ‘work’ dominates, robbing them of time and energy for ‘life’.
I see 2 problems with the ‘work/life balance’ concept. The first is the actual language used. It infers that our lives can be categorised into 2 parts, ‘work’ and ‘life’. But we don’t have a ‘work’ and a ‘life’. We have just one life. And our paid employment, assigned the broad term ‘work’, is just one part of the portfolio of activities that integrate to make up our life as a whole. The second problem is the Continue reading