I was speaking with someone the other and she was talking about her job. A job which apparently she doesn’t like very much and refers to it as “prison”. She works at a low paying retail job and each shift feels like a “prison sentence”. I have to say, I understand where she is coming from. When your work is a “have to” versus a “want to” and there is no joy in it, it seldom is very fun and rarely ever truly rewarding.
I can only recall my last “J O B”. Towards the end, it did feel very much like ‘prison’. My time was dictated by someone else and that was the biggest problem for me. In fact a big chunk of my time was dictated by someone else. When you consider the typical 40 hour week in a job, that is a huge portion of your time! There are 168 hours in a week, but assuming we spend 8 hours per night sleeping, that accounts for 56 hours. So you take the 40 hours per week and 56 sleep hours per week from the 168, you are left 72 hours of free time per week. Actually depending on your commute to and from work, you’ll probably have less than 72 hours.
I pointed this out to my friend from ‘prison’ above because she is considering a home based business. She wanted to know if she is going to have enough time to devote to the business. This forced her to look at her time and make some decisions. She is swearing off American Idol and many other TV distractions to free up time. In reality, just swearing off a few TV programs alone will not make a big enough difference. It will take a fundamental shift in thinking. Someone like her can have a good chance of success only if they remain aware of the time and manage it each week to give the business some quality time.