Balancing passion and burnout

I’m 10,000% guilty of propagating the mindset that “if you do what you love and love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” In fact, it has been my Holy Grail for like the last 20 some odd years. (She says it’s a total myth!)

So this article from workplace wellness expert, Jennifer Moss, caused me to pause and think, have I got this wrong, should there be a clear separation between work and play?

The reason I’ve held this view for so long is just that we spend the majority of our lives working and work always seemed like a disruption and distraction from the things in life I’m passionate about like reading and seeking out new knowledge and new experiences.

Just look at the numbers of my typical workday:

5-7 reading/reflecting time (yes I’ve learned to sacrifice sleep for the pursuit of knowledge)

7-8 getting ready for and commuting to work

09:00-18:00 work

18-18:30 commute

18:30 – 20:00 dinner and family time

20:00 – 21:00 gym

21:30 – 23:00 work-related activity

23:30 – 05:00 sleep

get up and do it again

So work accounts for at least 15 hours of my day. That leaves me 9 hours to divide between my personal time, family time, eating, sleeping, and commuting.

My rationale then was if I could flip things on its head where my work and my play were one and the same thing, then I’d be maximising my day in tune with the things I love most, and I’d have my Holy Grail.

Of course, the other way to do this is to become independently wealthy so you never have to work again if you don’t want to, but unless you inherit the money, you have to do the work thing to earn the coins to set you free, which, when you look around, there aren’t that many independently wealthy people compared to the general population!

That’s why I’ve been in relentless pursuit of the paradigm: ‘do what you love, love what you do and you’ll never work another day in your life’ because your work and your play will be one and the same.

How much time do you spend working (and doing work-related things like prep, and admin, and commuting)? What would you rather be doing instead of working? Is it better to keep work and play separate?

Your thoughts please…