60 Days of Unemployment

Millenials crave for a work-life balance. I never believed there’s one. 5 days at work vs 2 days of rest? 8 hours of work, 1 hour break at work, 2 hours prep, and 3 hours commute vs 2 hours of me-time and 8 hours of sleep? There’s no such thing.

One thing I do know is that we all want a satisfying career — one that leads to growth at both the professional and personal level.

But what if the answer can’t be found in a big enterprise or even a startup? (Gasp!)

My last day of employment was April 8, 2016.

I haven’t been employed for the past 60 days and I must say, I haven’t been more in-control of my life.

I’m happier and healthier right now. Let me explain further.

In the past 60 days, here’s what I have done:

  • Got married last April 30
  • Took a 1-week trip abroad (honeymoon with my wife)
  • Spent 19 days in the gym
  • Gained 5 pounds
  • Ran 16 kilometers
  • Cycled for 1.75 hours
  • Read 3 books
  • Get to work anywhere I want

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Compare that to the last 60 days of being employed:

  • No travel / vacation — even weekends
  • Zero days in the gym
  • BMI is below normal
  • Zero exercise
  • Read nothing new

In summary, while having more control of my time, increased my knowledge, and improved my health, I still earned almost my entire salary from my previous job than if I had worked for the past 60 days (1.5x).

I’m doing the work, improving myself professionally, and developing new relationships. I’m still achieving results at the individual and team levels.

The other thing I love about this arrangement: I removed unnecessary stress in my life: 3 hours of daily commute, or more depending on traffic and MRT problems.

Plus, what I’m doing is perfectly aligned with my long-term goals. Every day ends with a satisfaction that I’m now one step closer to achieving them.

Question now is, are you?

Ariel Lim

Ariel Lim

Management consultant / MBA / Inbound marketer who helps startups generate leads, create and execute strategies.

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