If you don’t work, what would get you up in the morning?

In my 4 weeks (paternity leave) off work, I began to realise that by having a “normal” 9-5 job, I was forcing myself to get up much earlier than I would naturally want to and go spend the best hours of the day in the office, before coming home exhausted and going to bed early to make the process the next day less miserable!

But for 4 weeks, I had the freedom to (more or less) wake up when I liked and to go to bed when I liked.  And it’s clear that I am a night owl!

My question is this: If you didn’t have to get up for work tomorrow, what would you do with the time?

Even after 4 weeks or so, I felt that you can’t just waste around the house all day.  Luckily we don’t have a TV and I don’t really feel like watching youtube in bed with my pajamas on.  Although now I’m back in work, I don’t appreciate waking up in the dark and getting home in the dark and spending all my mental powers on my working hours

It made me realise that you need a purpose in your life if you plan to not work (for someone else’s purpose) and that one of the great virtues of work is that it teaches you “self-discipline”.  It’s not quite the same if you work for yourself or if you work on something that you have a passion for – but if you have a bullshit job you might not get that feeling.

So, if you didn’t have to go to work for a year or have already retired, what would get you up in the morning?


6 thoughts on “If you don’t work, what would get you up in the morning?

  1. The children, demanding breakfast.

    The most dangerous place to stand in my house is between my younger son and food!

    On a more serious note, making the most of the brief sunshine during London’s long dark winter days requires getting out of bed at a similar time as going to work did.


  2. Hi,

    My take is that the circumstance of not having to wake up early, is indeed a priceless luxury as per my perspective.
    This is the type of retirement lifestyle which I experience during the leave. I intend to make it a permanent basis in time to come.


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    1. I would agree with that – as someone who was up well before dawn today, waking up when you like is a luxury and having someone else tell you when you should start working is a form of imposition that if you wouldn’t chose for yourself, is demeaning – like voluntary subjugation.


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