Why Do We Need Labor Day?


Today is Labor Day here in America, and if you are like me, you are looking forward to spending some time today relaxing with your family and friends.

This is important because free time spent relaxing with our loved ones seems harder and harder to come by these days.

You might not know that Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 and gained recognition as a federal holiday in 1894. This was in appreciation of the union’s desire to have an official holiday for workers. In fact, there was even a street parade held in honor of trade and labor organizations where the public could attend as a show of recognition for their good work.

As time went by, local workers and their families were treated to a festival, entertainment and prominent personalities were invited to give speeches at such gatherings. Monday was chosen since this enabled workers to have a holiday somewhere between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

We Need Holidays

Why is it important to us to have a holiday between Independence Day and Thanksgiving? Well, I think that this is important to us for two reasons:

  1. First, 70% of us hate our jobs. A Gallup pole shows that only 30% of us are engaged in our work. They break the other 70% of us down into two categories:
    • Not Engaged Employees are essentially “checked out.” They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.
    • Actively Disengaged Employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.
  1. Second, those of us who enjoy our jobs are overworked. We wake up tired, skip breakfast, eat lunch at our desks, leave work later than we like, and even check our work email from home in the evening.  

Which category are you in? I think that holidays are important for both categories. Holidays are important because they allow us to escape from the demands of our careers. (tweet this)

Do find yourself  trying to escape the demands of your career? If so, you might want to read on…

Is There A Better Way?

We rely on our time as our only resource to accomplish more. When we want to get more done, we spend more time. The problem is that there are only so many hours in a day, and we should be investing them in the areas of our life that make the most difference to us.

We have to ask ourselves if our career is the most important thing in our life, or are other things more important like our families, our friends, and even our health. What are the most important things in your life? Have you even thought about this recently?

This is why knowing your purpose and having a plan for your life is so important. Knowing your purpose helps us focus your life on having an impact where it matters the most, and having a life plan will help you focus on what is most important to you. They work together along with your productivity system to help you focus on what is most important to you - right now.

What are you doing to live your life on purpose? Have you discovered your purpose? Developed your life plan? Are you in the process of implementing the productivity tools that you need to make your life plan a reality? Are you on your way to developing your personal brand and a platform that will allow you to share your life purpose with the rest of the world?

Take A Stand

Are there areas in your life that require you to get off the fence and take a stand? Are you ready to make the decision to begin living your life on purpose.

What steps are you willing to commit to today to begin this journey? List them here because putting them in writing is the best way to commit yourself – now you are accountable!

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