Saturday, January 17, 2009
Last year, my life was all about finding balance. Toward the end of the year I fell into a state of not having any particular goals or direction, which bothered me because I have never NOT had goals before. I've been working on my goals for about a week and a half now (sometimes takes a whole month), and I'm starting to feel like what I really need is a lifestyle makeover. I've already started to outsource whatever I can (as much as I can afford, anyway), and the way that I think is changing. The following may sound crazy, but stick with me & let me know what you think:
From an early age we are taught that we should work hard and that our hard work will be rewarded. So we do. Work hard. I believed that, but now I'm not so sure.
I'm not advocating laziness, but why do we have to work hard? Can't we just plan to work smart and be prepared to work hard only if we have to? For example: can we delegate as much of the stuff that we don't want to do to people who are willing to do it, and free ourselves up to do work that we love so much that it doesn't actually feel like work? Those are things you'll probably be better at anyway, as well as put in more time because it feels like play. There are people who love to clean. If you hate cleaning, why not hire someone to clean and you do whatever it is you do (that makes you money) and pay them a portion. You've bought back your time, enjoyed it, and shared the wealth.
These thoughts are in infancy in my head right now, so I don't have any answers, but I'm doing some engineering on my own life, and if you have thoughts (even if you think I'm a lazy bum), please feel free to share. I would like to hear other perspectives.