Elite men and women in the U.S. are some of the world’s most notorious chief workaholics. And in and around Washington, D.C., there is no shortage of high earning and hardworking talent, including millennials with an annual income of $250,000 or more.
One would think that the more money you make, the more you can purchase to enjoy the fruits of your labor, including more leisure activities/time. Unfortunately, however, many of today’s elite struggle to enjoy more leisure time in their lives.
A recent article in The Atlantic entitled, The Free-Time Paradox in America, sheds light on this issue. According to the article:
“Writers and economists from a half century ago and longer anticipated that the future would buy more leisure time for workers in America. Instead, it just brought them more work.”
A few theories explain why this is happening, two of which are highlighted from the article below.
One theory is that more and more elite men and women want to “keep up with the Joneses” regarding work ethic.
“…That is, rich people work long hours because they are matching the behavior of similarly rich and ambitious people – e.g.: ‘he went to Bowdoin and Duke Law just like me, so if he stays in the office for 13 hours on Wednesday, I should too’ – even though many participants in this pageant of workaholism would secretly prefer to work less and sleep at least until the sun is up.”
Another theory is that “leisure activity is leaking into work, and work is leaking into leisure.”
Think about this one for a moment. It wasn’t that long ago that you could leave work at work, come home and enjoy passive leisure in front of the television or active leisure while working out without work distractions.
However, with today’s modern technology, including smartphones, there is no separation between personal life and work, unless you decide to disconnect completely after work hours. And even doing this can put your job in jeopardy.
“Meanwhile, these same mobile instruments of leisure are also instruments of professional connectivity: When a boss knows that each of her workers has smartphones, she knows that they can all read her email on a Saturday morning (sent, naturally, at 4:01 a.m.).”
Then there is another theory, not explained in the article, which is preventing elite men and women from enjoying the life they deserve. This one has to do with getting stuck doing things with your limited spare time that you shouldn’t be spending time on. Things like:
· Dry cleaning
· Running errands and store returns
· Weekly grocery shopping
· Reservations for a night out
· Travel itineraries
· Getting your vehicle(s) serviced
· Paying bills
These are just some of the things you could be spending time on each week that could be easily outsourced to a personal concierge service in Washington, D.C.. Hiring such a firm helps you to enjoy more of your limited spare/leisure time doing the things you enjoy most with the people you want to be around. It also frees you up from distractions while working so you can be more productive in helping you grow your earnings.
Leisure should never be taken for granted. This is especially true for the elite men and women who work extremely hard and deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
While it may be harder to disconnect from work with your smartphone, you don’t need “to keep up with the Joneses” to be more productive, which prevents you from enjoying more leisure.
Also, savvy elite men and women realize that spending limited spare time on things they shouldn’t be focused on doing can hijack their leisure time. Utilizing the aid of a personal concierge service will help you avoid this trap so you can focus on living the life you deserve.
About the Author
Jim Spiro is the Founder & President of Platinum Lifestyle Management (PLM), a personal concierge service in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area dedicated to helping clients make their lives easier, more manageable and fulfilling. www.platinumlm.com