Today we have a guest post from Oleg Mokhov. Oleg believes that our jobs shouldn’t detract from our enjoyment of life. Since you’re probably reading this while you’re at work, maybe you could use this post. Enjoy!
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius
Expertly balance work and life by joining them into one. You should not only love your lifestyle and the work you do, but tie them together into one life. When you don’t separate work and life, you never have to compromise by splitting your time between them: every day you do both.
Even if you love your work and your life, when they’re separate you must make time for both. And neither chunk of time is enough to fully experience one or the other. You constantly have to compromise. For example, if you love your work but do it full-time, then you won’t have time for your other passions – like traveling.
You end up having to take vacations. Maybe a week or two at a time, a few times a year. And it’s never enough. Seem familiar?
So how do you solve this? How do you expertly balance work and life? You intertwine them. You don’t make work and life separate, but find and pursue work that naturally ties into a lifestyle you want.
Do Work That Ties Into Your Life
First, look at what kind of life you have. Are you an early riser, or do you like to sleep in? Do you want to stay in one place? Or have the ability to travel every once in a while? Or do you want to have a location-independent life, constantly moving around?
This helps to narrow down what kind of work you can tie into your life. For example, if you want to be location-independent, then owning a physical business won’t make as much sense as an online-based one, unless you outsource or automate it.
Then, you find what kind of work:
a) You’re good at
b) Are passionate about
c) People will pay you to do
d) Fits into your ideal lifestyle
Love traveling? Make it your work as well. What kind of work do you love to do? Writing? Making videos? Write about traveling while you do it, giving people insight, resources, or entertainment. Or document your adventures with videos that give value to others. Basically, anything you’re good at, enjoy doing, and people benefit from and would pay for.
Obviously, entrepreneurship is the natural choice. But if you want to work for someone else, you’d do the same. Find a travel company that will pay you to explore and write for them, for example.
You Don’t Have to Compromise
When you join work and life into one, you no longer have to compromise, and you get rid of the need to take vacations. You love the activity that is your work, you’re giving value to others that are willing to pay, and you live life each day as if you didn’t have to “work.”
For those that say, “I want to keep (fill in the blank) sacred, I don’t want to turn it into work” – if you wouldn’t enjoy the work that would come out of that, then by all means, keep it a hobby. What I mean with tying work into life is finding and doing work that you would actually love. You’d do the activity anyway, and you’re simply tying it into your lifestyle and creating value that others would pay for.
You enjoy life as one all-encompasing whole. Every day is full-time work, and every day is like a vacation too.
If you love humor in your books, but you dig adventure equally as much, then it only makes sense to read a book that fuses both, right? If you read a book that was only one or the other, you’d enjoy it to a certain extent, but you’d also be hankering for either more humor or more adventure. Just like you’d maximize your reading enjoyment by getting a book that joined those two elements, so too can you maximize your life by doing work and living a lifestyle that joins each other into one.
Examples of Work and Life as One
Take Josh. He loves books. He also loves working out. And he naturally digs writing. So he combines it all into his website, aptly titled World’s Strongest Librarian.
Josh doesn’t have divide time between working out and talking about it, reading books and recommending them to friends, and writing about life and self improvement. He joins them into one by doing all of the above, then writing about it on his website. They’re all tied in.
Steve loves to grow consciously, he loves to help people, and he loves to write. He joins all of those into his website, and it generates an insane amount of income every month. He enjoys personal development and doing life experiments, and he helps people by writing about it. Thus, he doesn’t have to divide time between work and life; they are the same thing.
Chris travels, writes, lives an unconventional life, and helps others do the same. All of it is wrapped into his income-generating website. He travels, then he writes about it. People want to know how he effectively travels, so he creates paid products that answers that question. Then other unconventional entrepreneurs want to know how he builds his website, so he creates products for how to create a small business. He never has to spend time working on something he doesn’t like or already do.
I love to make electronic dance tunes, write, and share life-maximizing ideas with people – all the while growing and maximizing my life. I tie it all into my site Lifebeat. Plus, I am a traveler at heart, so running a website means my office is my laptop and a internet connection – I can “work” from anywhere in the world. My work and life are one.
Join Work and Life Into One
Tired of splitting time between work and life? A few vacations a year not enough? Join work and life into one. Find and pursue work that ties into the lifestyle you want, and you don’t have to compromise anymore.
By doing value-giving work that you’re good at, are passionate about, people will pay for, and fits into your ideal lifestyle, you’re fusing work and life into one all-encompasing whole. You live each day how you’d ideally want to, eliminating the need for vacations. When work and life are one, every day is passionate full-time work, and every day is like a vacation too.
Now get out there and work. Or live. Or whatever. I forget which is which.
Eneas De Troya