A while back I was purchasing a new bed for myself. This was a really important decision so lots to think about! The mattress had to be the right firmness, I wanted some storage underneath and it had to look good. It was an expensive purchase so I wanted to make sure I had the right one…after all, you spend 30% of your time sleeping (depending on how much sleep you get), and sleep is really important. After trying out lots of different beds over a period of time, I made a choice that I was very happy with…and goodness me, a good mattress is worth every penny! I didn’t want to compromise on this purchase based on the fact that I spend 30% of my time sleeping. That’s a lot of my day!!
The average person spends 40-50% of their time working and commuting. A huge percentage. Just think about that for a second.
Now think about if you were on your death ‘bed’, and rethink that stat…would you be happy with your choice of where your time went (or is going right now) in that 40-50%? Some of us maybe…most of us maybe not? I’m certain most of us in our last few precious moments of life wouldn’t say ‘I wish I had spent more time in the office’. And as Steve Jobs once said; “My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time”.
I read in the Daily Mail online recently, that 70% of people prefer a good boss to a pay rise, and that people don’t go to work for a paycheque, but to add to the success of a business or a team. Now, some of you may instantly cringe at this, but I remember having a job in my teens where I worked often 20 hour days, and always 6 days a week, all for a mere £40 per week…AND, I probably would have done it for less! Why? Why would I do that…!!? I didn’t see much of my family, and it was really hard work, but I loved it, and the value I added as a team member and the pride in my work (I was a horse groom at the time), was my main drive. I felt I made a real difference which just made me want to do more even better.
Are you somewhere where you are celebrated…or tolerated? Are you there to add value, or just to get paid? Are you engaged in your work, or simply going through the motions and cannot wait to get home…and climb into bed!
Are you working to add value..? Or simply for the pay cheque?
Let me know your thoughts?