What is Your Relationship with Work?

Each of us has a relationship with Work.  Some of us start dating Work when we're kids and our parents give us allowance for chores done around the house.  For most of us though, our first relationship with Work happens when we start our first job.  After high school, college or university, we get into a serious, committed relationship with Work and spend upwards of 35 hours Working every week.  Sometimes we even spend time with Work on weeknights, weekends and holidays.  Then one day, our relationship with Work ends – either we decide to end it or Work leaves us.  There's a break-up and then what?  What do you do when your relationship with Work is over? Here are 14 Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Relationship with Work:

  1. How would you describe your relationship with paid Work?
  2. How would you describe your relationship with unpaid Work (school work, house work, maintenance work, volunteer work)?
  3. How much space/time does paid Work take up in your life today/this week/month?
  4. What do you love about Work?
  5. What’s important to you about Work?
  6. How does Work meet your needs?
  7. What needs does Work not meet?
  8. What are you expecting from Work?
  9. Are you married to Work?  What kind of spouse is it to you?
  10. What would you like to change about your relationship with Work?
  11. What would you do if Work decided that your relationship is no longer working out and left you?
  12. What would you do if Work left you for someone else, someone younger?
  13. When would you choose to end your relationship with Work?
  14. If you choose to end your relationship with work, how would you do so? And what would you do now?