Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I think this is a topic that nearly every modern day person who works fulltime struggles with. I mused about this several weeks ago, and really enjoyed everyone's comments and feedback.
I'm reading an excellent book right now, The Boss of You (yes, reading! yay!), and was struck by their comments on how some folks (yeah, me too) seem to think it's not only okay but expected to work insane hours. And they are saying it's really NOT okay to work those kind of hours.
I work in a more than fulltime day job. I'm an exempt employee (not subject to overtime rules or payment), which means I can work as many hours as I want or need to get my job done. Honestly, I could easily work 80 hour weeks, and not get the work done (trust me, I've done this!).
So, on top of that, throw a small or microbusiness.
A personal life? What's that!?
What about grad school? I still want to go back and earn a graduate degree. Someday.
And I definitely want to carve out time to write.
I still don't have answers. I'm working on being more efficient and effective, therefore more productive. In all aspects of my life. Even as Fall and the holidays loom (scarf season!), I'm feeling as though I have to cut way back in order to focus on my other work. Or to be able to spend some time with family and friends (and meet a certain little sweet puppy named Chiso). And quality time for ME. Oh yeah, and my two little fuzzies. :)
So for those of you who constantly feel torn: how do you do it? Do you feel like you have a balanced life? Do you end up making difficult decisions about how much and what you can really focus on?
By the way, I don't think one has to work a full time job and run a business to struggle with this - I think just about everybody struggles with this!!!
Posted by Brenda at 10:04 PM