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Working on Living

A new year is upon us, a new dawn us approaching. There’s something about a January 1st that leads us to believe that we can push the “reset” button and start new, start fresh. I’ve never quite understood how a day on a calendar would hold such monumental weight – but it’s symbolism of new beginnings cannot be denied.

Last year on December 31st I shared one sentence that has honestly been lost in the midst of everything that has happened this year:

“Life, in the middle of everything you may be trying to accomplish, is about living”.

There’s a fine line between loving your career and obsessing over it. I know, believe me, I can relate to all of you out there who work tirelessly, and while you may love your job, you can quickly fall into the trap of letting your work-life consume your life-life.

I’m the first to say that that work & life are not mutually exclusive – that ideally, they integrate into one melting pot of goodness – but if there’s one thing I’m walking into 2011 with, one new page I’ll be turning, it’s the desire to work less and live more.

To put the computer down more often – to continue down the path we’re on at Proof - sharing the workload instead of trying to do it all myself – to travel more spontaneously – to tell myself that it’s okay to play Call of Duty every once in a while and that life isn’t going to end if I don’t respond to an e-mail at 2am.

Working on living (pun intended). That’s what 2011 is going to be about. I’m extremely fortunate to have gone through extreme lows with my head up and some incredible results to show for my hard work – and I don’t at all want to “slow down”  – but I will spend more time in 2011 working on having a few more beers with my friends, cooking more with my wife, and writing for the hell of it.

Because when you stop and think about it – the most important job you have, is living.

What will be your theme in 2011? What will you be “working” on?

And, Happy New Year, everyone. It’s been an incredible year and thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me.

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  1. Nice goal!

    I’m going to be working on relaxing more and worrying less. Neither one is something that comes naturally to me but I feel so much better when I’m less anxious about the future. We will see how it goes!

  2. I will be working on launching a personal project and keeping in mind that no matter what happens, I will be OK. So I guess you could say, I’ll be working on remaining optimistic and zen!

  3. Very nice perspective, I do like it – this coming from a previous workaholic and while I work endless hours on my blog, I think I now live much better….happy new year Matt and here’s to LIVING more in 2011!!

      • Well, I used to think the corporate path was it for me, so I would work 80 hour weeks, study for certifications, never take breaks and before that, I studied insane amounts in engineering schools. Then one day I turned a corner. I realized I need to pursue creativity, art, music, dance, love, happiness, and TRAVEL the world and indulge in life’s luxuries. Luckily, I could afford it so I seriously slowed down my insane work habits and then I fell into my real passion – blogging, writing, entrepreneurship- so I am back to working insane hours but it feels like play time all day long ;)! No longer a workaholic then, you see, Matt? :)

  4. For me life and work are intertwined, I see little difference between them. I am working when I am relaxing and vice versa. This is not to get out of the issue but to show that the stage of life I am at, things change. My 2011 will be spent deepening the work I do for men and connecting more to the men I work with. I will follow my intuition and just keep loving life.

    • Agreed – work and life ideally should go hand in hand, but I think there’s also something to be said for putting work aside and taking time to check out and unplug. Happy New Year!

  5. What a great post. The work-life balance is tricky to figure out. I’m also a bit of a workalcoholic. It’s easy to do when you love what you do. In 2010, I found my passion(s) in work. This year, it is all about fine-tuning and executing them better. It’s going to be a great year with some much-needed changes.

    I can’t wait to see all the great things you do here on your blog and of course with Proof Branding.

  6. Same thing! I quit my job back in o8 and have done nothing other than focus on my income for all this time. I have gotten to a point where I am itching to do something very different so I am heading off to the south of Thailand in April. I have no idea what will happen and it will not be the most stable place if the King dies (he is old), but that is half the fun!

    Good luck this year Matt. Your triumphs of success are inspiring.