Actually going to work for a few weeks really put a different spin on working life. All the things I used to hate, didn’t seem so bad! Things like:
1. Getting out of bed before 8am
I love my sleep-ins, but I have to admit this forced me to grab a proper breakfast before heading to work; and since health experts always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…
+ 5 health points
+ 2 mood points for getting out of the house to take in some of the early morning fresh air
2. Catching public transport with all the other people who seem to be going somewhere important
Public transport always makes for an interesting ride, as soliloquized in my previous post “Mind the Gap“, but more than that, I think it really allowed me to see a different perspective of the city.
+ 5 knowledge points
+ 2 mood points for the opportunity to enjoy the sunset scene without having to drive
3. Having to work to survive
Should we work to enable us to do what we like or should we strive to enjoy our work? In my current situation, seeing my bank balance go up instead of down for once took those thoughts out of my mind, at least for now.
+ 10 financial points
+ 5 mood points for being able to buy the desserts I was craving for
– 5 financial points for spending more on “wants”
4. Five-day work-weeks
I used to think they were too much and ardently fought on the side of legalizing four-day work-weeks instead. Hmm..actually, no change of opinion there. However, it did make me realize how hard it was to plan what to cook for dinner and work issues at the same time.
+ 5 knowledge points – now I know what my mom has to go through
– 5 mood points due to increased stress levels
5. Having to send a million (pointless) emails a day
I think the nature of a temporary job is to fill a temporary need, so in this case, the emails weren’t completely pointless. Or maybe I was just enjoying the illusion that I was actually doing “work”.
+ 5 self-affirmation points
Work in small doses increases knowledge of our surroundings, improves our overall health and mood and aids in self affirmation as well as a general boost of our financial situation (if managed properly). I guess it was a positive experience overall!