Work to live, not live to work

July 26, 2006 7:53 PM
Japanese salarymen, office workers

As is typical for any office worker, the working week usually goes by in a blur. Office politics and aggravations aside, your working hours can be either mundane or hectic. Not very often would they be serene and when work would come in at a nice steady pace.

All of us have ways to unwind on the weekends. What makes the hours spent at work a little more pleasant is if you are lucky enough to have colleagues that you get along with well. Fortunately for me, I do.

What I also find helpful is by viewing my working week and hours in small manageable chunks with set objectives in each of those chunks. That way, nothing seems insurmountable even with ever expanding workloads and tightening schedules. The visualisation trick works for me. That and good time management. I just imagine that I’m back in uni again juggling assignments and exams.

And a good lunch hour can make a day feel half as long, and half as tedious and stressful. I recommend having as many of those as you possibly can under the circumstances.

Last week, I’d arrange with a colleague for lunch today. We were going to Good One BBQ House. When I saw her yesterday, the first thing I said was,

Woohoo! Roast pork and wonton noodles!

She said,

That’s tomorrow.

I said,

I don’t know about you, but that’s the highlight of my week so far. Hahah!

So remember, work to live and not live to work. 🙂

Japanese office workers in subway

7 thoughts on “Work to live, not live to work

  1. mooiness Post author

    ian: no problem. Focus on things you can do and achieve and it should help you see your job in a different light.

    Leonard: in that environment, you can still do the little things that will make your day go by a little easier. The breaking up the day into little chunks method and getting out of the office once in a while, I personally find useful.

  2. ront

    that is a nice philosophy….but try and induce that into the mind of your average asian working adults……..most would agree but it wont work in that environment.

  3. girlstar7

    I definitely agree with the ‘work to live, dont’ live to work’ mantra. I’ve met people whose whole life is about work; long tedious hours, permanent stress and no social lives. although work is important, you have to have more interests and hobbies in your life. after all, life is short…if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss something 🙂


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