Working More Than Necessary

This post will only be applicable to those who don’t absolutely love their jobs. That should be around half of the readers (1). You may, therefore, skip this one if you are totally satisfied at work.

Not long ago, I quit my first real “adult” job, because I wasn’t happy there.

After having been there for more than 2 and a half year, I was realizing that the hamster wheel wasn’t getting any more enjoyable, and if I was ever going to become as “happy” as my co-workers, I would have to become a lot less happy myself.

For the past year and a half, I had been on this minimalism journey too, where I would carefully evaluate everything I did financially, judging it by how happy it made me.

In which ways did I spend money, that didn’t make my life happier or better?

In which ways did my spending actually create stress and worries?

I still haven’t perfected the optimal lifestyle yet – where every dollar I spend is completely worth it – but I sure have come a long way since the beginning.

By way of this thinking, it suddenly occurred to me, how a big percentage of my monthly paycheck was beginning to end up in my bank account, untouched, because my expenses were radically decreasing. I was putting aside more than half of my salary for many consecutive months, and it dawned on me that I was doing much more work than I needed to, in a job that I did not like at all!

So I decided to quit .

Now, I’ve switched to a part-time position, as a personal trainer, which is actually much more enjoyable than my last job, and I earn just about enough to cover my monthly expenses.

This new job doesn’t come with the same amount of social status and approval from my parents in law, but that is just something I/they will have to get over.

The best part is that I’ve now gotten the time to work on stuff, that I actually love. I have a ton of projects that I would like to start working on, just because I want to, and whatever they end up paying me is pretty irrelevant.

As an example, this blog post is probably going to earn me a very small amount of money over it’s lifetime, with the Google ad I put in it. However, that should be regarded as an added bonus, as I would have written it no matter what the earning potential was.

The main point is, that I am now doing exactly the amount real “work” that I need to. Not more.

This strategy frees up a lot of time to do exactly what I feel like, and I may even think this could be the smartest decision, in terms of earning money, in case one of my passion projects end up a success.

So far I am happy with my decision to not work more than necessary.

The best 5 minutes you can spend in the bathroom (at work)

You must wonder what the theme of this article is, when you first read the title.

You probably wouldn’t guess, that it is all about, how you can maintain your health and lower your stress at work, by executing a very simple manoeuvre, that I do daily.

In my time, working in a full time position for a large corporation, I have learned the value of taking a well deserved break in the middle of a busy workday. However, many people have a difficult time, getting up from their desk to do nothing – maybe because their boss are watching them, or maybe they are wondering what their colleagues will think.

Smokers have it easier in that regard. When they take a break, it is at least for a purpose, and it somehow becomes more acceptable.

I get around this whole issue, by using the bathroom in the office. Nobody is questioning, what you are doing out there (fortunately). Always remember, that you can go out there, to get your own space, and have a moment to breathe, or what else you like to do to calm down.

 

Here is what I do:

I like to, first of all, stand up when I get out there. I already sit enough as it is in the office.

Then I go up and stand next to one of the walls in the room, so I can make a stretching exercise in the chest.

It is the classic stretch you do, where you extend the arm and put it up against the wall, whereafter you rotate your torso away from the wall, to get a good stretch in the chest muscle.

This is a brilliant stretch to counteract, sitting hunched over the keyboard all day, and getting a better and more open posture.

While you are standing there stretching, one arm at a time, you should start focusing on your breathing pattern, to give your body a break and calm down your sympathetic nervous system.

A breathing pattern I like to do is “Box-Breathing”. You breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, breathe out again for 4 seconds and then hold it again for 4 seconds – and then repeat!

Try for instance doing 4 (or more) of these breathing sequences “on each arm”, until you feel completely calm again.

This is a great little trick for maintaining your health and posture, when you have a few minutes to spare at work.

 

Thanks for reading everyone!

 

5 supplements for CEOs and other business people

In this post, we are going to explore, which dietary supplements I view as the most beneficial for a high performing CEO or business person.

Normally, you mostly see high-performing/professional athletes take advance of the little edge that supplements can give them. The rational is, that even if it only gives them an extra edge of say 1%, that may be enough to make the difference, when parts of a millisecond gets them a gold medal in a 100 meter sprint. Or when that 1% adds up and accumulates over the course of an ultra marathon.

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