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!
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.