Work to Live or Live to Work

on Saturday, 09 November 2013. Posted in Story of my Life, Vanilla Thoughts

Work to Live or Live to Work

I'm sure practically all of you out there will have heard of the phrase 'Work to live or Live to work' before and taken a brief moment to contemplate the meaning.

Well, me being the over analytical (and not in a calculative, numbers or business type way), constantly searching for a greater depth to something which is probably intended to be one dimensional, person that I am, have recently begun to think about this phrase a wee bit more...

Now let me jump straight to the crux of my thinking. Let's look at the standard work day - 8 hours, and then you add in a lunch break, which you may or may not actually leave the office for, plus the journey time transporting yourself to and from your workplace, and really the typical work day is probably more like 9-10 hours. Bear with me while we continue with the math for a moment and add to this number the time we're asleep and effectively not really living our lives at all, which judging by the experts is another 8 hours per day. So now we are sitting at around 17-18 hours and if we minus this off the time in a day, why that means the time we spend 'living' is only about 6 or 7 a day!

So where am I going with this? Well when you reflect upon the phrase 'Work to live or Live to work', it's almost as if our society is structured in a way that will only allow us to 'Live to work' because of the quantity of time we spend working. When I brought this up to my hubby, he replied with a logical argument - we need to work to live, and I get that. Really, I do. And for some of you out there who really do love your job, then work isn't really work at all, but for the rest of us I can't help but wonder about things. Things like, are we not prioritising our lives completely around the wrong way. Should we not spend more of our time with our families and friends, rather than going to work to pay for the time we spend with our families and friends.

And about this time, things started to get really deep, I mean like... what is The Matrix deep. Yep, around about this point in my thought process, I started to then question the entire meaning of life. Are we on this earth to simply work and procreate?

Before I started to tumble too far down that rabbit hole, I pulled myself back to the original point. So what's the answer? Previously I had thought those countries out there that have shorter work days and more holiday periods were lazy, but now I think they're on the right track. It's about prioritising and what's more important - maybe the Frenchies are onto something. And on that note, I think it's only appropriate to end with another well known phrase... 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'.

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