Many people in my social circle are tired of their work and dream of a passive income, location independence and a job that inspires and fulfills them.
To me, sustainable work means designing my work life in a way that nurtures my life as a whole. It is not only about functioning but about taking full advantage of the riches of life.
I have a vision that in the future we will all be able to have a sustainable work life. In this article, I share three tips on how you can implement the sustainable work of the future into the now.
Live Your Dharma
According to a thousand-year-old Indian concept, which I learned from author Deepak Chopra, you find your Dharma in the combination of your individual strengths, your interests, and an activity with which you can serve the world. Your Dharma is reflected for example in activities where you forget the time and everything seems to flow. When you are living your Dharma, you will never need to work a day in your life again. The income resulting from your dharma is similar to a passive income.
I live my Dharma in my online marketing activity by helping institutions, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, with my strengths by promoting their activities. I also live my Dharma together with Lisa in to Real Life activities by making a sustainable diet more accessible, in the form of workshops, brunches, dinner events. My Dharma allows me to enjoy not only my work in progress but to develop energy for my way.
When do you lose your sense of time and service the world with your personal strengths?
Did you find an activity that you like, and in which you can immerse yourself in, it is easy to lose track and to find yourself in the rat race. The important things in life such as health and family are often forgotten. Both of employees as well as employers overlook that not only the time spent on a task is crucial for achieving professional goals, but also physical and mental constitution. I have experienced this on my own body.
For a long time, I suffered from narcolepsy, which meant that from time to time I uncontrollably suddenly fell asleep during the day after a restful night’s sleep. This was bizarre for my colleagues. So, I learned to hide my narcolepsy. The more I found out that I was not the only person in my environment, which suffered inexplicable lifestyle symptoms, I decided to counteract my sleep disorders in a natural manner.
I tried many things to balance out my lifestyle, over several years and finally found the formula to overcome my sleep disorder. A major factor was to work out every weekday morning. With only 30 minutes of exercises in the morning, I won 2 hours a day. Thus, I can now be more productive and better enjoy my everyday life.
In the future measures to balance life are not seen as an obstacle anymore, but as an essential part of everyday work life.
What can you do for more balance in your life?
Work less, Accomplish more
That we can work more productively and more with a better balance, is not to say that we need to work more as well. In certain areas in our society, it is highly valued if we have much to do and if we invest a lot of time in something. Sometimes it’s even equated with the results achieved though the achieved results and the time invested have a non-linear relation. I want to tell you this on the example of a story from Lisa’s life.
This year Lisa successfully completed her master’s degree in ethnology. Before she began writing her master’s thesis, she heard from all sides, writing a master’s thesis is stressful and that this was one of the periods in life where one must simply grind and hustle. She was however adamant that it should be possible to write a master’s thesis without being stressed. Therefore, we thought about solutions for getting through this stage stress-free.
In 1906 the Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto stated that 80% of results stem from 20% of the effort. This observation became known as the 80/20 principle. Lisa applied this principle to her thesis. She focused the prioritization of tasks on the 20%, which would make the biggest difference. In the meantime, we spent two months in Portugal and worked from there. Together, we had a great time in a beautiful atmosphere with cozy lunch breaks in good restaurants and port wine on the River Douro. In this context, Lisa could write her master’s thesis stress-free.
We all are often very self-critical and see an 80% result as a poor performance. From the perspective of another person though, the 80% can be a perfect result. This was also the case with Lisa, as she completed her master’s thesis with the best possible grade.
Lisa’s story is a perfect example of how the 80/20 principle is applied and how we can work less and accomplish more.
I hope with this article I have inspired you, to make your work life more sustainable, by simultaneously serving the world and yourself.