The Rewards You Give Yourself

#123 Buy a train ticket — Christmas present to myself

In life, you need to work if you want to survive. Most likely, you will invest 40 years of your life into it.

If you’re going to spend all this time, you better find out how to make the most out of this time. What branch are you going to work in? How many hours are you going to work each week? 4, 40 or 80 hours?

This year I’ve experimented with work, to get a clearer sense of what makes sense for me. I’ve tested all kinds of jobs and working schedules.

Especially I’ve had a free schedule, with a lot of free time. What I’ve seen is that you can have all the free time in the world, but if you are not motivated to make something. You’re just going to waste the time.

The work we do

Lately, I’ve tested another tactic, and gone to work much more. I wanted to go from a free schedule to a strict working schedule. It’s been a learning experience.

The best thing with a strict working schedule is that you feel more secure. You know how much of a wage you will get, and when you will get it. As well, you get more structured days.

Yet, the negative part is that you have to work certain hours. This means you will miss some events, meetings or opportunities. You have to be at work.

Hours

I’ve realized somewhere between 30–50 hours/week is the best for me. Too little, and I earn too little money to make something good out of my free time.

If I work too much, I realize I won’t have the enough free time to explore the world. With free time, I get time to make projects like this etc.

Remember, this is my thoughts about jobs right now. It will most likely change with time, depending on circumstances.

Rewards

If you put in a lot of work, you need to motivate yourself in some way. We motivate ourselves in different ways, but in the end, it often comes down to love. We make things in order to feel love or give love.

Today I felt that I needed something which will motivate me to work hard this month. I booked a train ticket for Christmas back to my hometown.

Last Christmas I worked here in Stockholm, and I was unable to celebrate with my family. I’m excited to spend this Christmas with my family.

This reward will make me put in more work, as well work with more excitement. Sometimes you need to give yourself rewards in order to work harder.

Conclusion

The average person will spend many years at work. In order to find contentment and happiness in work, you need to get self-aware about how you want to live.

Right now I experiment with my career, to find out more about what I want to do. I’ve got more and more clues, and the picture begins to get clearer for me.

If you want to make yourself more self-aware about your preferences. One great way is to experiment a lot and see what your strengths and weaknesses are. This will most likely save you many years of sorrow.

If you’re going to make the most out of work, you need to motivate yourself to get it done. To reward yourself will make you keep going.