Start of the 80% experiment

Today I handed in my newly signed 80%-contract. It will start from the 1st of May. This is the end of a long thought process with a lot of hesitation, and it is also the start of an experiment.

Reducing my working hours is the first small step I could take. At the moment, this is the solution that soothe the part in me that needs certainty, but it gives the other part of me, which is wanting something more of this life, some leeway to discover other areas. Maybe this step is too small. Maybe this step can give me some more confidence so that I can trust in the things I want to do and especially trust in myself.

Though I am not the only one who reduces his or her working hours or says that they don’t want to work 40 hours a week. Why is that? I think that some are disillusioned with their jobs. Some might say that they want to spend more time with family and friends. Others might use the extra time for a hobby or further a side-project or engage in an organization. I think this will trend will continue and become a factor for companies to deal with.

Maybe it is a good trend for companies with the up rise in AI and automatization. But, maybe companies have to ask themselves what they can do to keep their employees engaged. I mean, people who start a business work a lot. Often way more than 40 hours a week. Some of them worked in a corporate job before. This might indicate that it is not so much about not working or working less, but rather about doing something you love or something that provides meaning.

I hope I can start with a side project soon. I am not 100% sure what it will be, but I know the direction. It is an experiment to become the captain of my own life again. Working 9 to 5 (or 8 to five with break^^) in a stable job with provides a nice salary and enough safety can be a wonderful thing for many. I personally feel at the moment that this just the version: life-light. Very mild, not much excitement, but “easy” and secure. And right now, I want more from this life. The vacation in Chile gave me a lot to think about. And as I didn’t think much during my time there, the process started since I came back.

Maybe in a couple of years I will say: oh, I just want to have this life-light version again. But if I never try to see what’s out there, I will never know, and I know myself good enough that I will keep asking myself what if. And that is a rather unpleasant question. Especially, if I have the means to change it. Maybe not as quickly as I should. Though, this is my next step.

 

Have a wonderful day and take care!

Stephan

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