Unclutter Your Life

Do You Live to Work?

Do you work to live or live to work? Maybe you are wondering what’s the difference.  Believe me, there is a huge difference.  No, this isn’t a plug for joining my direct sales company unless of course you are looking for some extra money or a career change…… Sorry I squirreled.  LOL.
This about this:   Happier people are more productive, thereby getting more work done in less time than others.
We all dream of working less, right?  A chance to maybe retire, focus more on your family and the other things which matter most.  I’m sure there are some who love their job – that’s awesome.  I mean work is wonderful when you are passionate about what you do.  But there is more to life than work.  Sadly, it took a diagnosis of MS and a relapse for me to realize it.  So what would it be like if you didn’t have as much?  What would you do with the extra time?  Who would you spend it with?  This could mean reducing your hours at your current job, stop taking work home nights, weekends and vacation or maybe eventually stop working all together to focus on your family.  Now, I know this is a luxury for many but here are 4 strategies from Valorie Burton which might help:

1. Restructure your day and break bad work habits.

Are you working too many empty hours? Could/should a 50-hour workweek really be a 40-hour week? Many workers work hard, but not smart. I definitely fell into this category when I was working.  If I only knew working less was a matter of breaking some bad work habits. Actually, for me, it was substituting one addiction for another.  If you are the first one in and the last one out every day (yup that was me most days), something might be wrong.  Try to create a personal deadline to force yourself out of the office.   Maybe schedule a 5:30 dinner date or class at the gym so you have to leave the office on time. This one was always tough for me, I was usually late for the appointment after work.  Maybe you need to find ways to eliminate distractions to use your time in the office more efficiently.  My biggest distraction was my need to fix, manage and control situations.


2. If you want to work fewer than 40 hours, know your company.

Does your company allow for it?  How will it effect your future goals in the company or in life?  There are still places where working less means no or slow promotions. Are okay with that?  Then there are those businesses who love to spend less money on employees who can give them more bang for their buck. In those companies, scaling back is not necessarily a career killer—as long as you make an impact. If you work fewer hours but give your all and make a contribution to the bottom line, you will always be seen as a valuable player. So part of the strategy for working less is being strategic and performing at your best, whether you’re working 40 hours a week or 20.


3. Can you afford to work fewer than 40 hours? If so, make a plan.

Are you prepared for this financially?   Usually the main reasons to work is to earn a living and pay bills.  The doors open wide when you live below your means. If you quit your job or scale back your hours, would you be able to make it? If not, make a plan to get to the point where you don’t have to work so much. Trim your expenses and save, save, save!  I was a paycheck to paycheck person.  I was definitely not ready to work less than 40 hours per week or leave a salaried job.  No plan, just dove in leaving a great job due to health issues “assuming” someone would want to hire me closer to home at less hours.  A story for another time.  LOL.


4. If you want to work fewer than 40 hours, ask yourself if it is time to switch careers.

This option would be a long-term solution—a higher-paying job down the road for fewer hours than you work now. Ask yourself, “What opportunity would allow me to earn more for my time?”  Lots of people transition into new lines of work – direct sales.  One good thing of a forced transition is the opportunity to reevaluate your options. A different career path could dramatically increase your income while demanding less of your time. You may need time to prepare or train, but it can be a smart, long-term solution.   This may be awesome for someone thinking of starting a family who doesn’t want to work long hours as a parent.  Think ahead and plan for a transition to working less.


I challenge you to dream big. It’s possible to work less in your future and maintain a happy life.  Ask yourself these basic questions:

  • What would it look like for you to work less?
  • Does this idea appeal to you? Why or why not?
  • If you’d like to make it happen, what is your vision for it?

Have a blessed day!

Unclutter Your Life

What Do You Hope For?


Throwback Thursday and I am reflecting on the changes in my life and where I want to be in 5 years or maybe even 2 years.  If I asked you “where would you like to be in 5 years, what would you say?”.

The truth is without hope and optimism, we tend to settle for far less than we are capable of.  As a result, we probably can’t even fathom where we want to be in 5 years. Fear and doubt has crept in and stole our dreams.   So we move one day at a time, never planning for a future, or dreaming of what we want.

Do you know it’s not too late to start dreaming again.  It’s not too late to start over. It’s not too late to move in a new direction – the right direction.images

What areas of your life do you need to rekindle your hope?  Where do you need to get rid of the negatives and embrace the positive?

How many of these statements apply to you?

  • I do not get discouraged easily.
  • Despite the disappointments I have suffered, I have hope my future will be satisfying.
  • I am inspired by others’ stories of success because they give me hope I can do it too.
  • There is nothing in my life I am settling for.
  • When I succeed, I do not downplay or dismiss the effort I put forth, saying things like “Oh, it was just a lucky break.”
  • I believe in myself.
  • I have a clear set of goals for my professional and personal life.
  • I have a clear vision of what I want my relationships to look like.
  • I have a clear set of financial goals and a plan to get there.
  • I have inspiring health and fitness goals compelling me to push forward.
  • I pray regularly.
  • I sense an inner voice, the voice of the Holy Spirit, which guides me in my life.
  • Even when things get tough, I do not give up hope.
  • I see challenges as temporary and expect to work through them.
  • I feel confident most of the time.
  • I get excited about my vision for my life and the future ahead.
  • If I wanted to make an unconventional change in my life, such as changing careers or deciding to become a parent later in life, I would give myself permission to go for it!
  • As a leader at home, work, or in the community, I am good at helping people see the vision for where we are headed.
  • I listen to my intuition and follow it, even when I feel fear.
  • I look for the good in every situation.

Okay, well I don’t know about you BUT maybe only a handful apply to me.  Fear and doubt has clouded my dreams.  My hope is diminished from inner gremlins who want me to believe I am less than.  The dreams I dream are unattainable….



The truth is it is time to be optimistic.  Optimism is the fuel you need to dream big and gain the courage to take the next, right step.

For me, in 5 years, I would like to be living in North Carolina with my hubby. Relaxing in the mountains and enjoying life.  I want to be debt free.  I want my business to be consistent allowing me to give back to the community.  Is it a BIG DREAM?  YES!  Is is possible?  YES!  Does it scare me? YES! Do I want to run and hide sometimes? YES!

But the difference now then in the past, is I am embracing the dream. I am putting a plan in place to get where I want to be.  I am not giving up when fear and doubt creep in.  I am not letting the inner gremlins control my life.  I am fighting fear with optimism, won’t you join me?

So, I ask you again, where would you like to be in 5 years?  Give yourself permission to dream.  What would change in your life if you embraced optimism in the face of your most persistent doubts and fears?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!