Post # 1
The post about how many hours we work got me thinking… I am a lawyer, but I work for the government, and I work about 40-45 hours a week. It’s really nice to get home at a reasonable time and have all the time I want to make dinner, watch tv, etc. My husband works a lot more than I do, and usually gets home at about 7:30 or 8:00 pm. Due to boredom, lack of challenge, stagnant career path, etc., I am very seriously considering changing tracks into the private sector. I know that with those (much) larger paychecks will also come a much longer workload. For those of you bees who work 60-70 hours a week, how do you do it? What makes it worth it? What do you hate? Please help! Any advice you can share would be greatly appreciated.
FWIW – I go to the gym in the mornings, so working longer hours would not likely cut into that very necessary activity. Also, we don’t have kids, and won’t be TTC for a couple of years, so family time isn’t a huge issue, either.
Post # 3
@septcabride: I usually work 50-60 hrs a week. I find it hard to cook dinner so we do eat out/order take out a lot. I also have a hard time getting to the gym since I go post work.
FI also works long hours (usually 60-80 hrs a week).
Dinner is usually not ready until 8:30 or 9 if I cook and we are never in bed before 11:30.
I do most of my TV time on weekends (thankfully I don’t have to work weekends).
It’d be nice to get home earlier, but when I have short days I find I don’t really know what to do with myself and end up just sitting in front of the TV until FI gets home.
Post # 4
I usually work about 45-55, but there are weeks where i can put in 65-80 depending on a project. I’m usually grumpy but fine but there are women that I work with who have kids and I have NO IDEA how they do it. It’s crazy.
Post # 5
@septcabride: I’d love to work a gov’t job! Working long hours for me means I eat dinner around 10pm and get to bed around 12:30 or later. I must add that I’m not a morning person so my gym time ALWAYS happens after work which makes my day longer. I crave my weekends and vacation time!
Post # 6
I am also a lawyer. But for a large firm. The hours aren’t terribly depressing (albeit very long) because I live in New York City. Everything is still thriving around me at night and we go in a bit later than some other cities. The money and liking what I do make it worth it.
Post # 7
@heather25: I think that’s why I don’t mind it either. Having dinner at 8:30/9 doesn’t feel that late because the city is still going strong.
Even when I get out early, I often go for a drink with the girls, then to the store, and then home to cook. I guess I just work on less sleep and catch up on weekends.
Post # 8
We both work long hours. We prep as much dinner as possible on Sundays so we can get dinner ready semi-quickly during the week. Best Case scenario is I get home at 7:30, rush to the gym, eat around 8:45-9 and hang out for about 2 hours before I go to bed. Its especially bad in the winter since I never see the sun.
Post # 9
@LGenz: I hear you about never seeing the sun. I can’t see a window from my desk either, so the only bit of sun/light I see is walking to the subway in the mornings. It’s always dark when I leave, sometimes even in summer!
ETA the crunch I’m feeling right now is that I don’t have ANY time to do wedding related stuff. I get home too late to send e-mails and personal e-mail is blocked at work. On weekends I want to be with FI and be outside not dealing with vendors etc. So I feel like I have NO time to do wedding stuff and I’m already a procrastinator by nature.
Post # 10
Thanks! I really like my free time, but I am also bored, and know that having a more stimulating job would make me happier.