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Perspectives On My Career

17 December 2009 2 Comments

Let me make this clear, my day job or regular job or main job is a blessing.  I have a great job and many would kill for it today with so many struggling to find work.  With that said, I don’t love my job.  I don’t get overly passionate about it.  I realize most people probably describe their job in a similar fashion, but hey this is a blog, and I get to ramble about my feelings and perspectives on things.

One of the things that does drive me nuts a little bit is that the norm in many companies is that no matter what the work level is or what one’s producitivity level is, he or she is still expected to be in the office for regular work hours.  Because this concept is on my mind a good bit, I decided to take a look at just how much of my life goes into my job.

On average, including commute to and from work, my life from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday consists of my job.  That is ten hours a day, five days a week, for a total of 50 hours.  Next, let’s figure I sleep 7 hours a night, or 49 hours per week.

There are 168 hours in a week.  Remove 49 hours of that to get 119 hours (the number of hours I’m awake per week).

Since I work 50 hours per week, you can determine that I spend 42% of my time awake working my job.  If I were to factor in time outside of work that is necessary in order to work such as grooming, dry cleaning, laundry, getting ready for work, making coffee, etc. then that number goes up a little more, let’s say all the way up to 50%.

So, the conclusion is that I spend 50% of my life (not including sleep) working a job that is a nice job but not necessarily something that really revs my engine, if you know what I mean.  I’d like to remind my readers once more at this time that this is not a complaint, just stating the facts.

Moving forward, in order to increase my satisfaction, I guess there are two options. 1) Increase the level of satisfaction that I derive from my current job, or 2) Decrease the time working the job that only mildly satisfies me (of course keeping the income is mandatory).  Since, the job kind of is what it is, solution #1 is difficult.  Note: I’m ignoring the potential solution of finding a new job since that is also very difficult in today’s economy.

Let’s dive into solution #2 a little more.  It would be great to be able to increase the flexibility of my job.  Maybe have less traditional hours, maybe be able to work from home sometimes, etc.  This would allow me to decrease the time that goes into the job.  Also, it is worthwhile to pursue additional income streams to lessen the importance of my main income stream.  It would take signfiicant effort and time in order to make the main income stream not so dominant, but the effort to get there is still worth pursuing.

To sum up my points here, I like to work.  I get fulfillment from work, from producing, from making money.  I’m not going to say that my current job is my ideal job however, and pursuing maximum satisfaction for my time is a worthy cause in my opinion.  We’re not guaranteed to live to 80 years old.  I’m not really interested in trading my prime years of my life for some free time when I’m 70 years old.  I want to work, to be able to live today, and to prepare for the future all at the same time.  I don’t think that’s impossible.  Do you?

2 Comments »

  • youngandthrifty said:

    Great blog! I don't think it's impossible either. I don't want to have to sacrifice my 'prime' to enjoy it when I'm 70. (I'm 20-something too) That's a very detailed analysis of your working time during the week! I like my job too, it's alright, but I think I'd rather be working from home at least part-time. I know some people don't like the idea of working from home, but it seems so flexible! Does your job offer you that ability? What's industry are you in?

  • 20smoney (author) said:

    Currently, my job doesn't offer this flexibility which is why I work pretty hard to develop additional income streams. The eventual goal is that the additional income streams can take over the "main" income stream.