Work to live, not live to work
By Amanda Scali

14/11/2018 11:02am

The end of the year brings with it a time for reflection; to look back at the year that was and decide if it turned out the way we had hoped.


Sometimes we look back with pride, other times the year hasn’t been the easiest and we look back thinking, wow that went fast!


Earning a crust


Work can take up a major part of our lives. We often spend more time at work than with our families, and a lot of our year is built around the projects we do, the people we work with, and how we do our jobs.


It is vitally important to a person’s wellbeing to consider what we choose to do with our time each day, and that includes having a fulfilling career.


People feel best when they’re contributing, and when they feel like all areas of their lives are in-sync.


Work to live


We spend much of our time and effort on work, striving for the next promotion, striving to get more clients or to sell more homes.


We are always striving to reach some goal or another, and the end of the working year brings a perfect occasion to slow down a little bit, think about what work means to us, and what value it adds to our lives.



How do you measure value?


So how do we know if a job adds value to our lives? Well, firstly it is about pinpointing what it is you want out of life, not just in the workplace but holistically as a human being.


What fuels your fire? Is your job adding to your overall happiness and getting you closer to where you want to be? Is your job just for financial gain or a source of enjoyment and fulfilment?


Once you can pinpoint what your values are in life the process of aligning your career becomes that little bit easier.



A job is more than just a pay cheque


A job and a workplace should be somewhere that inspires you to be a better version of yourself.


It should be supportive yet challenging and work should fit cohesively into the other aspects of your life that are important to you.


Yes, jobs can be stressful at times and sometimes you can have an overload of work, but overall it should be a happy and fulfilling part of your life.



The power of value


When people are happy and fulfilled at work, they tend to be happy at home, and vice versa. When people feel valued in the workplace they feel a part of something bigger than themselves.


And people who love their jobs don’t need to tell customers that they do, the customer can feel it.


It’s in the greeting, in the smile, and in the genuine willingness to help them with whatever they need to achieve the outcome they’re after.


Finding a job that fuels your passion, gives you a creative outlet, allows you to connect with people, or gives you the flexibility to manage outside relationships and family demands is vital to personal health and growth.


At McGrath Real Estate we are passionate about seeing our people grow, nurturing their careers and allowing them a work-life balance that suits their needs.


You can find out more about careers at McGrath here