How much are the hours of your life worth to you?

Here's an interesting question to ponder: If you were paid $35 an hour, and could work as many or few hours per week as you wished, how many hours a week would you work?

Most of us have spent our lives working under the standard employment system; 40 hours a week for a set salary or hourly wage. For years, I spent what I made, regardless of how much or little my 40 hours brought in, all the while chaffing at the thought my life was passing me by.

Recently, though, I've had the chance to look at income in a different way, and found it very enlightening. This exercise might be worthwhile for you, too.If you were paid $35 per hour to do a job you didn't hate and could work as many or as few hours a week as you wished, how many hours would you work?