You hate the lifestyle and routine of a 9 to 5 job.

You want the freedom to choose when and where you work…

You hate the routine of getting up early for work. At a set time every morning. With little to no flexibility or variation… Especially on Mondays, right after the weekend high. And you know you have a whole busy week ahead of you.

You might have to get up at an even earlier time if you happen to live further away from work than most of your colleagues. And you need to give yourself enough time for the long commute.

The car ride to the train. The train ride to the bus. Then the bus ride to work. That was me…

Every morning I woke up with the mental struggle. If I could choose when and where I was to work, then I wouldn’t have this struggle. And that alone would make life so much easier…

Then you’re rushing to find clothes to wear. Only to find that the shirt you wanted to wear is creased and you don’t have time to iron it. So you just put on any old thing you can find…

Then you’re rushing to get ready in the bathroom. And put on your makeup façade. To hopefully look half decent for the public eye…

And forcing a quick breakfast down your throat. Even when you’re not hungry. And there’s no sense of enjoyment in eating your food. Due to all the rush…

Then you’re fighting with road rage to get to work in the peak hour traffic. If you happen to be the driving kind. By which you’re then fighting with other drivers for the best car spot, closest to work.

And if the place is overall pretty full, you find yourself driving in circles for ages trying find just any empty spot. Then you may find yourself getting to the work building on time but still arriving in the office late. Due to your time spent on car park hunting.

Or you’re frantically running for the bus, if you’re the public transport kind. Which rarely arrives according to the scheduled bus timetable. Sometimes it comes earlier than scheduled. And you miss it if you get to the bus stop on time. Which leaves you having to catch the later bus. And makes you late for work.

Most of the time the bus is running late, which again leaves you late for work. Either way you’re always having to explain to your boss how it’s not your fault that you’re late.

Or you might take the train instead. And be forced to squeeze onto a crowded train with a sweaty herd of other commuters. And be packed in like a can of sardines. Or you’re having to fight people for a seat, as you don’t want to be standing if the ride is long.

They should really workplaces give you the option to choose when and where you want to work. As long as you get the job done. That would make everyone’s life a whole lot more easier.

Then you’re working for 8 hours straight, with fixed schedules for lunch and tea breaks in between… And dealing with work politics in between. People who you know don’t like you but pretend to be nice, because they have to work with you.

And you pretend to nice back, because you have to work with them. And beyond the times when you’re both forced to work with each other, you try to avoid each other in the corridors. Avoiding eye contact and any time of contact as much as practically possible.

Then you’re rushing to get home. Again fighting the peak hour traffic or overcrowded public transport.

Then you’re buying groceries, while improvising on what to cook. And then you do the actual cooking and eating dinner. Followed up washing up… And either packing left overs to take to work the next day for lunch. Or having to prepare and cook up an entirely new meal if there was not enough left over from dinner…

If I was to choose when and where to work, I would choose to work from home. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about preparing food for work the next day. I could cook myself a nice meal at home while I’m working 🙂

Then you’re finally sitting down to relax and watch some Netflix or whatever you do to unwind. For the short remaining amount of time you have left before getting ready for bed…

And then repeating this cycle the next day. Day in and day out… And every day you find yourself counting down the number of days left until the weekend… Sometimes you wake up mistakenly thinking its Thursday and you get excited that Friday is just around the corner. But then you realise its only Tuesday…

So you hit the snooze button on your alarm. And let yourself soak for 10 minutes, in the depressing reality of your miscalculation…

And the only thing you can do to temporarily escape from all this, is to book in annual leave for your next long holiday. Something that will motivate you to keep going with this mundane work-life cycle, week in and week out. And something that will keep you sane.

While you’re counting down the days to this next holiday… Then counting down the days to Christmas. Easter. Queen’s Birthday. And any other public holiday you can possibly find on the calendar. Anything… You don’t care what it’s for. You just care about getting the day off from work.

If you could choose when and where to work, you could work from anywhere around the world. Even when you’re on holidays. Then you wouldn’t feel the need to take a holiday break from work ever again.

Freedom to choose when and where to work

Freedom to choose when and where to work

I don’t know about you. But I personally find the routine and lifestyle of a 9 to 5 job drains the life out of me. It makes me unexcited and unenthused about life in general. Because I can see exactly what my life will look like another 40 years from now. Which is pretty much exactly the same as what it looks like now. Unless I make some dramatic changes in my life…

Obviously the above are things what we all struggle with, for those working a 9 to 5 job. But what makes you different and more suited to be an entrepreneur is your mindset & courage to say “Enough is enough. I don’t want to live like this anymore. I refuse to live like this anymore.” And then to take some form of bold action to change your situation…

As for me, I said this to myself a few months ago. And took the bold action to start my new online business using the SFM platform. Which will enable to work on my own terms, whenever I want and wherever.

Do you have the mindset that enough is enough and that you cannot live another day in the 9 to 5 routine?

Do you want the power to choose when and where you work?

Click here to go back to the main blog post- 7 signs that you have the mindset of become a successful entrepreneur. 

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