Do you try to change your lifestyle for the better by fitting in some yoga, meditating, taking a holiday, socializing, or doing something on the weekend that is creative?

Do you find that you have little time to do the things you really want to do because you are so busy working?

Are you too exhausted at the end of a work week to exercise, do yoga or anything else you know would be good for your inner peace?

Do you feel trapped in a system that drains and disempowers you?

If any of this rings true, you’re not alone!

If you are working a full time job, you are likely in a trap that doesn’t allow you to control your own lifestyle choices.

Here’s why...

Making Time for Well Being

Most of us try to fit in what we really want to do with our free time around our 9-5 job. We make our job a priority so that we can pay our bills, have some money to pay for the things we like to do outside of work and save for those rainy days.

That is the responsible thing to do right?! That is what our school system has taught us to do right?!

There is a false belief that holding a full time job is the best way to success.

Well… I like to pull that belief apart.

The Truth About the 9-5 Job

If you work, the 9-5 or 40 hour work week it is – actually – killing your sense of well being and totally controlling your lifestyle choices.

The common denominator here is consumerism and how it drives us to work far more than we need to.

Consumerism keeps capitalism alive and – as I am sure you already know – is fueled by big corporations that deliberately drive our desires and beliefs around what it means to be successful.

Time to Re-Evaluate

It is time to re-evaluate this core belief!

The very fact that well-being is the fastest growing new movement today, shows how starved we are for finding meaning in our lives.

Full-time work eats up at least 50% – 60% of our waking hours a day!

No wonder we are trying to find peace through meditation, yoga, eating better, fitness… the problem is these are all just a bandage solution that ignores the real issue which is – your job!

Sadly, even our desperate need for peace and more balance in our lives is being hijacked by consumerism. One example of this is going for a ‘walk’. It use to be just that, ‘a walk’. You throw on some comfy clothes and go!

But now you have to have the right ‘Nike’ shoes, the right outdoor ‘under armour’ gear, the perfect water bottle to hydrate yourself while you go on that walk. Going for a simple walk has become a inflated – costly – exercise regime.

Technology

Furthermore, our lives are not any better now that we have all this new technology. Wasn’t technology supposed to free up our time to do more of what we wanted to do?

Ha! In reality it has made our lives busier, more stressed and we are even more disconnected from the things we want and love more than before.

The Truth About Consumerism

“You can manipulate consumers into wanting, and therefore buying, your products. It’s a game.” ~ Lucy Hughes, co-creator of “The Nag Factor”

This is only one small example of something that has been going on for a very long time. Big companies didn’t make their millions by earnestly promoting the virtues of their products. They made it by creating a culture of hundreds of millions of people that buy way more than they need and try to chase away dissatisfaction with money.

We are programmed to buy ourselves into cheerfulness or out of our misery.

The Real Reason for the Forty-Hour Workweek

The ultimate tool for corporations to sustain a culture that buys it’s way to happiness is to develop the 40-hour workweek as the normal lifestyle.

Under these working conditions, people have to build a life in the evenings and on weekends! This arrangement makes us naturally more inclined to spend heavily on entertainment and conveniences because our free time is so scarce. Meanwhile, we have more money to spend on the cost of getting fit and well.

When we are busy we go for convenience over more meaningful (time consuming) activities. We are more likely to sit and watch a numbing TV show or movie (which further brainwashes us into buying into the whole capitalism ideology).

Wholesome activities like walking, exercising, reading, meditating, and extra writing cost nothing to participate in, but when you are stressed and tired after a full day at work these activities are the last thing many of us want to do.

The REAL Problem

The 8-hour workday is far too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (which really only amounts to about 3 hours of quality work) but because it makes for a purchase happy public.

The more we make, the more we spend.

It’s not that we suddenly need to buy more just because we make more. The fact is that we can, so we do. In fact, it’s quite difficult for us to avoid increasing our standard of living (or at least our rate of spending) every time we get a raise.

Truly the more we make, the more we spend.

A Way Out

I think it is important to understand what big commerce is manipulating us to do and how we buy into it. Big corporations have been working for decades to create millions of ideal consumers, and they have succeeded.

Unless you’re a real anomaly, your lifestyle has already been designed!

The perfect customer is dissatisfied but hopeful, stressed and needy, highly habituated to the television, working full-time, earning a fair amount, indulging during their free time, and somehow just getting by.

Is this you?

If so, you can change it. Take back you power, your time… YOUR life!

Redesign how you spend your money, and how you work.

You can actually survive on working 2-3 days a week if you wake up and realize you don’t have to be trapped in the 9-5 job cycle.

More to Come…

My next blog will explore viable, authentic, and real ways you can let go of consumerism and get by on less.

Less is definitely more and your life will be much more joyful when you have less ‘stuff’ and more time to do what you REALLY want.

Please share your thoughts below if you recognise any truths in this blog.

I would also love to hear from you if you have found ways to reduce spending while increasing your well-being in sweeping authentic ways.

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2 thoughts on “How the 9-5 Job Trap Compromises True Well Being

  1. This article truly hit the nail on the head for me I have always went around the 9-5 and earned money my own way for doing odd jobs now I’m starting a business in which I do only work 2 days a week and some times I do a little Uber so that my children can hangout with me while I work and truly it is very freeing to live this life style I can do more oddly working less then I’m able to do working a 9-5

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