Episode 036

036: Blurring the line between life and work

Do you work to live, or live to work? Often the latter is seen as a negative thing, but we beg to differ. In this episode we talk about our attitude towards work and how we see it as an integrated part of our life; not a necessary evil. You’ll hear tips for finding fulfilment and looking at your job in a positive light, and encouragement to make changes if the way in which you spend the majority of your day is not enriching your life. Work is a part of our identity, and we don’t think that’s a bad thing!

"Work is such a big part of your life that you might as well put in all the effort you can to make it something that you enjoy"

Charli


Key takeaways

It’s not a good use of your time to just show up at your job and put in the hours. Do what you can to use your work to improve yourself as a person and keep moving forward. Sometimes all it takes is an attitude shift.

There is more to life than just work, but there is also more to life than just down time. Work is only a negative thing if you treat it that way. Integrating your work into your life, rather than viewing them as separate things, will bring you more fulfilment and give you a more positive attitude.

If you’re not finding any fulfilment in your job, look at what you do need to feel fulfilled and start making small changes to bring more of that into your life. It might mean changing professions completely and it won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort.


Show timestamps

00:00 – Intro to todays topic

02:10 – Catch up

04:45 – Our work doesn’t have an end point

08:15 – Work to live or live to work?

10:25 – If we won a million dollars…

13:45 – The difference between work and a job

17:20 – Our work is part of our identity

18:20 – Is ‘work’ a negative word?

21:00 – Work as an integrated part of life

25:30 – Life is more than just work

29:30 – Shifting toward a fulfilling job

34:00 – Advice for blurring the lines between work and life


Show links

012: Work/life balance

The Apartment blog

Design Disruptors trailer

Tobias Van Schneider: Work/life balance is bulls**t

Lambo Goal podcast