When I purchased the url for this site, I thought I had made up the term unworking. However, a google search of the word unworking turns up 376,000 results, so I guess I’m not the first to think of the concept.
The reason I used the term was because my kids’ mother and I unschool our children. Unschooling is basically homeschooling without a curriculum. It’s allowing kids to learn naturally, the way they learned to walk and talk. And it works. It has been amazing seeing my son teach himself to read and teach himself maths, and my daughter is now beginning the same process.
So to me, unworking is the same concept applied to work. Rather than having a set 9-5 time for earning money, unworkers work when they want doing what they want. Just like unschoolers learn naturally through doing the things they enjoy, unworkers earn money naturally doing the things they like to do.
Now, does that mean you don’t have to put any thought into earning money? Of course not. It simply means that you find ways to earn money doing the things you like to do when you like to do them, rather than being tied to a job that tells you what to do and when to do it.
How does one unwork?
There are so many different ways that people unwork.
I have written an article entitled “7 Best Work at Home Ideas” detailing some of the ways I have thought of to unwork. I only really do two of those ways, because I don’t have enough time to do others. So you are welcome to steal my ideas.
The point here is, while some people enjoy the security of a 9-5, many other people want more out of life. People like us don’t want to be tied down to certain places at certain times. We want to live our lives everyday, not just on the weekends or at some distant retirement day that is never guaranteed to come.
At the moment, I am living out of a campervan. I have two university classes a week for the next six weeks, which is tying me to this area for a bit, but not long after the semester I’ll be headed out on the road (and the air). Because I am able to earn my income from anywhere, I don’t have to rely on a few weeks of vacation time.
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