Why is does it feel like we have to rush our personal lives to make time to support our work lives?
Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
When I worked for someone else it always seems like they wanted more time from me than I willing to give them; overtime was almost always required.
Most people that work a forty hour workweek have a routine in place that’s comfortable and fits their lifestyle, but when the boss asks for overtime, it tends to throw a wrench into the gears our personal lives.
Ten extra hours a week is usually one extra hour per day and five extra hours on a Saturday, and if you have ever been required to work overtime, you’ll know it’s not usually for just one week. In my own experience, it’s months at a time and even years.
One extra hour added to the normal workday doesn’t seem like much, but it really is, and it adds up really quickly. It’s a full hour less for all of the things we need to normally do when we’re not at work.
Think of all of the activities that one extra hour is taking away from in your life outside of work.
For example, would you trade your reading, social media, gaming, and/or tv time before you go to sleep to work that extra hour that’s asked of you?
I know I wouldn’t, and this is how we get ourselves into either a lack of sleep or into a big friggin’ hurry. Both situations aren’t ideal, and a lot of time, it ends up being both.
We don’t get more time in a day and there are important things that must be done, so something else we normally do has to give and is either omitted completely or is done hastily and poorly.
This is why a generally accepted piece of good advice is don’t be in hurry; take all the time you need to do what you need to do, especially when performing tasks that require concentration like driving, using your judgement, handling a knife or operating heavy machinery.
This is also the reason why we have ultra-processed food at the grocery, drive-thru fast food, kurig’s, insta-pots, and other time saving devices.
I think we can all agree that certain things are much more enjoyable when we just take our time. This is extremely evident when we’re cooking and when we’re smelling the roses, both of which are the first to get cut when something else needs our time.
To make matters even worse, sometimes that extra hour ‘magically’ into two or more extra hours each day and now everything fun and enjoyable including socializing and the aforementioned food now suffers.
The changes we have to make in our personal lives is sometimes too great to make r oom for even one extra hour of work per day and this doesn’t even take into account the Saturday morning you now have to work too.
What do you like to do on Saturday mornings? Because whatever it is, you won’t be doing because you’ll be at work.
A half-day of work in the morning is the same in preparation as a full workday because you still have to get up and go to work. So your five-day workweek is now becomes a six-day workweek.
Good-bye recharge time.
I like to sleep in on the weekends and wake up without an alarm clock, so taking away just this by itself makes working all of the overtime not worth it for me.
Are the extra hours at work worth it in the grand scheme of things?
Not it if it takes away from any of the important things in your life.
It’s time you can’t ever get back.
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