(Closed) does anyone else feel working part time is the best thing they ever did?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2164 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t work part time but my company only has us work 37.5 hour weeks, so 7.5 hour days. i was used to 9-9.5 hour days and an hour commute so this job has been so amazing for me and I appreciate the freedom it’s given me. I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I do. I’m a nurse at my hospital we do 8 hour shifts morning and afternoon and 10 hour night shifts and the shifts are never the same week to week working full time bouncing around working at all hours was exhausting I now work 8 shifts a fortnight and its so much better for my sanity I normally still only get two days off at a time but I’ll only work two or three days straight 

Post # 4
97 posts
Worker bee

Wish I could, but financial needs won’t allow 🙁

Post # 5
8951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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Mrstobe26:  I kinda don’t get it. Wouldn’t most everyone rather have the option to work fewer hours? But for most of us it’s not feasible. Or at least, not feasible for the standard of living we’d like. So I think the question must be either:

  1. Is the freedom of working part time worth the different standard of living it entails, OR
  2. Does your spouse earn enough to allow you to work part-time and still enjoy the standard of living you prefer
Post # 6
5152 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Mrstobe26:  I’d work part time if I could afford it! It doesnt make sense in my profession though (teacher).

Before I taught, I worked for a nonprofit and they had half days every Friday (all throughout the year!). It was AMAZING – my weekend started at noon on Friday. It was mostly because we did not take lunch breaks – we constantly were working w/volunteers so we just ate at our desks (not sure if that was legal but I didnt care).

Post # 7
3441 posts
Sugar bee

Me! I went from being a full time employee to doing contract work due to moving to a small town for my husband’s job. I now have a flexible schedule working from home. Granted, I make less than I did before but the job market here isn’t very good so I’m actually doing ok. I love it!

Post # 8
2171 posts
Buzzing bee

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Daisy_Mae:  this entirely. On a good week I’m working 48-50hrs, and trying to not let the stress get to me. I am on salary and some weeks its many more hours than that. I would LOVE to work part time and cut my hours and stress level down but its not possible financially at the moment. My job doesn’t offer that to me and we need my salary to pay bills. 

My husband is trying to find work that will allow us to be financially stable and give me the option to not work at all or be able to take a job that is few hours but right now, its not. We have literally done everything to facilitate living the least expensive life we can, we can’t cut anything else out. So I am stuck at my 50 hrs a week job that stresses me out for now. I know its not forever so that is good. 

Post # 9
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I am! I had always convinced myself that working 15-18 hour days was normal and after about 5 years of doing that I was pretty much completley burnt out. I’m an independent contractor now and set my own hours working from home. It’s taken me a while to accept my new ‘normal’ of a 30ish hour work week on average, but I’m so much happier and healthier (mentally and physically).

I think if you have the option of giving yourself some breathing room you really should. Life is too short to be spent cooped up working–especially if it’s something you don’t even really like. I did manage to get the option for myself (very luckily), but I did have to adjust my lifestyle to allow it.

Post # 10
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I worked from sun up til sun down Tues-Sat every week for 3 years before I had to get away from that job and see if there was a better choice. I tried out a couple jobs while juggling school, etc. Now I’ve found a great niche – I work 25 hours every weekend and it’s wonderful. I work a full Sunday so the pay is time and a half every week. The pay is so much better that I make as much in the 3 days that I work now than I did in the 5 days I was working before. I’m also returning for the next semester so it’s a good deal of stress off my shoulders to have the study time. 

I’d probably never go back to working full time, unless my home situation called for it. Thankfully we live rather simply, all we honestly need is Netflix and gas money to be happy, haha. My other half has a great job and together we have never struggled.

Post # 11
1687 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Moi!! I worked about 30 hours a week. I’m now looking for another job with similar schedule. It’s amazing how just cutting back a bit makes a huge difference. And I worked longer days so I did my 30 hours in 3 days (Tue-Wed). So I had 4 day weekends every week. Hopefully I find something similar.

My fiancé travels for a living and makes a good living. He isn’t home on weekends like a normal person, he might be home tues-Saturday so we want my job to have flexibility to get to do what we want.

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Post # 12
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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Mrstobe26:  Sounds great. Financially it’s a nope for us.

Post # 13
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Financially full time obviously is preferred– if I had the option I would LOVE to work 3 days a week 🙂 I can dream lol

Post # 14
6963 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was a Stay-At-Home Mom for two years and then transitioned to working part time when I started back to work. It was great. I loved it and would do it again in the same circumstances. I did that for three years and decided I wanted to make more money so I could save to buy a home. I increased my hours until I was back to full time and I’m happy with the change.

Post # 15
7959 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m currently a Stay-At-Home Mom, but my youngest goes to school next year. Financially, we are comfortable and I don’t need to work, but I think that I will get a part time job because I would be really bored otherwise. I have no idea what I am going to do though as my former work field was pretty much strictly full time. Time to reinvent myself!

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