Working to Live or Living to Work? What do you want in life?

There are questions that, when you ask them, open up a new world of possibilities, and one of them is if you want to live to work or if you prefer to work to live.

It is a question that I have asked myself on several occasions, and in this article, I am going to give you options and reflections to show you another way of living, of questioning things.

I don’t have to be right, nor do you have to listen to me just because.

The only thing I ask is that you stop to reflect from time to time, which is essential.

And it is that we live on autopilot, and the years go by almost without realizing it.

If you don’t stop to reflect and decide what you want in life, life will decide it for you.

In 5 years you will probably be in the same place as now. But with some more gray hair.

Is that what you want?

If that’s what you want, great.

If not, it’s still time to change something.

And, as the surveys say, more than 70% of Spaniards are dissatisfied with their work.

For this reason, work is one of those things that you should analyze first, since it is something that takes up half of your life, literally.

In this article I will tell you:

👉 How to stop being a slave to your work and start working to live, not live to work

👉 My plan to get to live without working and living on income

👉 Options you have if you want to stop living to work

👉 The story that a reader has shared with me about their way of seeing life and work

live to work

What do you want to do, live to work or work to live?

I imagine that if you’re here, it’s because you’re tired of living to work.

Normal, the truth.

Work is something that takes up half the time we are awake, 5 out of 7 days. And that with luck.

The same thing happened to me when I was a high school teacher.

I started working and after a few months, I was already stressed thinking that this was my future for the next 40 years, to work during the week and only have the weekends for myself.

And that life as a teacher is comfortable.

I liked the job, I had a good schedule and a good salary.

But, equally, he preferred not to work.

I preferred to own all my time, not just Saturday and Sunday.

Others are not so lucky, working from 8 to 6 each day and even taking their work home.

I have seen people who have had to cancel plans and vacations due to emergencies at work.

That, unfortunately, is not working for a living. That is living to work.

It has always been clear to me, I don’t want to live to work.

Work is a means to get money, but it cannot be a way of life.

Basically, I have other priorities.

Right now I am no longer a high school teacher, because I have found other sources of income, and I am much happier.

Can you stop living to work?

Without a doubt, yes.

When I told people years ago that I had no intention of working all my life, there were 2 types of responses:

👉 #1 – They laughed at me

Honestly, this was the majority response.

People live on autopilot, and sometimes they don’t think about what things.

How many people do you know who have considered giving up living to work?

I didn’t care, I know this isn’t for everyone.

I don’t care what others think, it was me who wanted to stop living to work half of my time.

And it depended only on me, on no one else.

👉 #2 – They asked me how I was going to achieve it, to learn

There were also those who asked, of course, and I explained everything I could to help them.

I am sure that you are from this second group because otherwise, you would not be reading this.

Therefore, later I will give you some tips and ideas that can help you.

Options and reflections that will help you stop living to work

work is not everything in life

Don’t try to convince people

The first thing I want to tell you is that you should not try to convince everyone that what you want to do makes sense.

It is something that many people will not understand.

The important thing is that you have it clear, nobody else. It is you who wants to stop living to work, and start working to live.

When I decided to quit my job as a teacher, the responses were like:

  • you’re going to get bored
  • And what will you do with your life?
  • How will you feel fulfilled?
  • Are you crazy
  • With how bad everything is now
  • Etc.

Do not hesitate, for you it will be the same. No matter.

I can assure you, without a doubt, that I do not regret it at all.

Now my life is much better, and I assure you that I am neither bored nor sad.

It doesn’t matter if your plan is to stop working forever or simply work fewer hours or fewer days, they will look at you strangely.

A reflection that changed everything for me and that made me stop living to work

I took a course where they made me do an exercise that changed my mindset.

At that time, we could say that he had 3 jobs.

High school teacher, a financial adviser in a company, and this page, in which he worked several hours a day as well.

When did you do other things?

Honestly, I didn’t have much free time. On weekends, nothing more.

I did it because it entertained me, and also because I wanted to earn more money to accelerate my path to financial freedom.

So I went to this course, which was face-to-face. I tell you the exercise, there were 2 steps:

👉 First, you had to make a list of your priorities in life.

Of course, my list was, in order, something like:

  • Partner
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Be happy
  • Travel
  • Etc

👉 Then you had to make a list with what occupied your time in reality, not with your dreams.

It was something like this:

  • Work 1
  • job 2
  • job 3

And, far below,

  • Partner
  • Family
  • Friends
  • travel on summer vacation

The exercise has a clear purpose, to show you that the priorities you have and what you spend your time on are not the same.

And, in the end, what you spend the most time on becomes your priority, whether you like it or not.

If you spend 12 hours a day working and 1 hour a week with your family, you cannot say that your priority is family.

As much as you would like it to be, it isn’t.

That made me realize many things, and the following year, of the 3 jobs, I had left one and taken part-time in another.

I focused on this page, to which I dedicated a few hours a day, and above all, I focused on my other priorities, the real ones, the ones I would want if I didn’t live to work.

What are your priorities? Do you live according to them?

Everything you buy costs you time, not money

The problem with our way of life is that we are consumerists.

We work, we earn a salary, and we spend that salary.

Sometimes in necessary things, but sometimes in things that are of no use to us, out of habit.

And money flies, and you never stop being a slave to your work.

So it is impossible not to live to work.

You should start thinking of your money as your time, which is really what you pay for things with.

If you buy a €30,000 car because you like the seats, that car is costing you one or two years of your time in the form of work.

Maybe €15,000 would be enough for you, and that would allow you to take a 6-month leave of absence to enjoy other things.

Or stop working on Fridays, for example.

Or start saving and accumulating to, in the future, stop being a slave to your work.

Living and working can go hand in hand

I still working. Right now, I work online.

The difference is that I work on things that I like to do, and nobody forces me to do it.

If I wanted to spend months without working, I could do it, and that is the key.

Having the ability to decide, to choose what you want to do with your life and with your time.

Find something you like, and you won’t have to work a day in your life.

That is freedom, and that makes your life change a lot.

Work is not everything in life

This is consistent with what I have told you before.

We live in a society where it seems that success in life is being able to buy many expensive things.

Having a good job, a good salary, a good car, good clothes, a good house…

That may be a success for some, but it’s not for me.

I don’t need a job to feel fulfilled, other much more important things like being able to travel whenever I want or visit my family whenever I feel like it seem much more important to me.

Work isn’t everything in life, and it shouldn’t be.

Work is a means that allows you to have money to get other things you want.

take action

Finally, and very importantly, you must take action.

If you are not satisfied with your life, whether it is because you live to work or because of something else, the only way it will change is for you to do something.

And believe me, if you do something your life will change.

Maybe not in a few months, but in a few years.

And, in addition, during that time you will feel much better because you will already be going in a direction that you like more.

Take action, do things. It is not enough to read.

Here are a few motivating phrases and reflections that accompany them, so as not to stay here.

How much money does it take to live without working?

My plan is clear, and it’s not just not living to work.

My goal, for a long time, is not to have to work at all.

And how do I intend to achieve that?

That is the theme of this website, so if you dive a little through my articles you will discover it in no time.

You can also subscribe for free in the little box that you have a little further down, and I will send you emails that will help you get to know me and change your path if that is what you want.

The money you need to live without working depends on your case and circumstances, but it is still not as much as you think.

I tell you in this article.

A reader’s story on why he lives by working as little as possible

As I told you at the beginning of the article, I want to share with you the story of a reader who wrote to me to share it and give me permission to publish it.

It is a different way of seeing life, which I share very much.

I am not going to comment on it or extract lessons, because I think they are clear, and I prefer to leave it to you.

I’m about to turn 33, I’m a high school teacher, and I’m also what’s commonly known as a bum.

What I mean by this is that I have never liked responsibilities, that I usually leave things to the last minute, and above all that I don’t like to work.

I don’t need work to fulfill myself or to grow personally.

Obviously, like most people who can choose their profession, like me, I appreciate certain facets and parts of my work.

I am curious about the subjects I teach and I enjoy seeing that I can pass on my knowledge to students.

What I don’t like is knowing that I will have to get up at 6:30 in the morning for the rest of my life to spend most of it doing something that, although I enjoy it to some extent, is not my favorite thing to do.

I don’t like the idea of ​​interrupting the things that do satisfy me fully after two days of the weekend, to return to a routine where I can’t do them for another 5 days.

It just doesn’t seem like a fair ratio to me. It seems more like living to work than working to live.

Most of the people I know get up between 7 and 8 in the morning to go to work until 5 or 6 in the afternoon, if you take away the time to eat, do housework, etc.

Hopefully, throughout the day you have about 2 or 3 hours a day to do what you want, in case you are not too tired to do them (and that is assuming you do not have children).

How can someone not regret having lived this way at the end of their life?

Why do we have to wait until we are 65 or 70 years old to have free time to do what we want?

Given that it is not possible to live without working and I consider that some work should be contributed to society, the commitment I have reached is to work the bare minimum, which gives me enough money to continue doing what I like during my time. free.

Fortunately, my parents have raised me in such a way that I don’t spend money on whims and luxuries.

I don’t need a big house, a powerful car, a 50-inch TV, or a trip to the most popular site on Instagram.

I share a 60 m2 subsidized flat with my partner without television, I drive a car that consumes very little inherited from my mother and I don’t go on trips to exotic places.

I spend my money on rent, healthy food, and climbing as much as I can, which is the thing I’m most passionate about.

As I have said before this lifestyle is based on certain commitments.

This year I work 1/3 of a day as a secondary school teacher, which means €750 a month, from which I have to subtract slightly more than €300 for rent and about €200 for food.

I dedicate the remaining money to weekend trips and mountain getaways during the week.

This often means giving up plans that my friends propose, not dining out regularly, and refraining from buying unnecessary things.

But it’s not hard to give these things up when I think about how much I earn.

I have all the time I want to spend doing whatever I want: playing video games, reading, climbing, spending time with my partner and friends, and why not say it, doing nothing.

I think this is a luxury that people do not value enough.

What I see in the rest of the people is that they spend 80% of their time doing something they don’t enjoy in order to earn a lot of money and squander it in the little time they have left.

Of course, I like to travel, but where many of my friends see €1,500 as a great two-week trip, I see two months in which I can live without working and doing whatever I want.

Assuming she wants to start a family tomorrow, I don’t want to have to regret not spending enough time with her.

I don’t want to be the father figure who spends his time making money to pay other people to educate his children.

Maybe there are places that I will not see and things that I will not do or have, but what I am sure of is that I will not regret not having worked hard enough.

I have it clear, I do not want to live to work. I choose to work to live.

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