How to get off the corporate hamster wheel
People who stuck in the hamster wheel have no time for living a happy, fulfilled life. The problem with that is; the longer you are in, the harder to get off the hamster wheel, but not entirely impossible.
How do you know that you are already running in the hamster wheel?
The first sign that you’re in a hamster wheel when you don’t even realise that you’re devoting most of your precious time to your work. You can’t say no to more work, and the more tasks make you overwhelmed. You know you don’t have time to do all the work within a day, so it happens more often when you stay in your job a few hours longer. Under pressure, the quality of your job replaced by the importance of quantity. When that happens, there is no doubt; you run in the hamster wheel. Being overwhelmed means that not only do you not have time for your family, but you also don’t even have time for yourself. The person who lives a busy lifestyle like that sees his children in the photos on his desk. When people become addicted to work so much, they usually build their employer’s dream instead of paying more attention to their personal life.
But how do we get into the corporate hamster wheel?
A human trait is that people want to do more in order to satisfy others. People want to seem irreplaceable and are willing to work from dawn to dusk to meet these human qualities to achieve the effect of compliance constraint. Maybe now it looks like I’m against work. It’s not true. Working is not just essential, but having a job is good, especially when the work is constructive, and it serves others. Instead, I just want to highlight that work and life should be balanced, leaving enough space for personal and family life as well.
How can we get off the hamster wheel if we are working 50-60 hours a week?
You need some time management skills. Besides, it would help if you learned to load yourself with tasks only as long as you can perform those tasks in the best quality. Remember that the goal is to solve and complete tasks, but you also need to learn that sometimes you share specific duties and responsibilities with others. If you can share the jobs with others, you will find that you will be able to spend more time on quality as well. And I suggest you always start with the hardest task and don’t put it aside until it’s done.
Live the most liveable life and look for the opportunities that surround you!
The thing is, you can’t just get out of the corporate hamster wheel. Those who are continually chasing money find it much harder to get out of the ever-spinning hamster wheel. These people are continually deceiving themselves and their environment. They usually say I have to do this for a short while, but then I will spend more time on myself and my family. They say I will look for a calmer lifestyle and other jobs where work-life balance really works. But then another year goes by, and they still do the same. They are again running in the corporate hamster wheel. The problem with these people is that wherever they go to work, they only work to make more and more money, but they lack a passion for their work. Therefore, they get into the hamster wheel again and again.
Whenever you are determined to change your life in order to create a suitable work-life balance, first you need to change your mindset.
You can only get out of the hamster wheel if you compromise by, let say, re-skill yourself. If you are willing to devote time and energy to learn new skills, you will soon see the improvement in your life.
There are two options if you want to get off the hamster wheel.
- You can re-skill yourself. By re-skilling yourself, you will have a chance to change your lifestyle.
- The other option is to leave everything as it is, and there is a chance to miss the best opportunities in your life.
The decision is yours.