Post # 1
I just finished another 19 hour day and am trying to wind down for bed even though I’m exhausted. I’ve been working 60-70 hours a week for the past 6 months now. (And before that was just as crazy w grad school internships and work.) Anyone else out there work like crazy and want to commiserate?? How do you deal? I feel like my whole life is work right now.
Post # 3
Me. I’ve been working 6 days a week for nearly two years.
This past contract, which is about to wrap on March 31 was the hardest. No flexibility for working from home, a pathetically small amount of time off, and expectations of working above the already really high weekday hours. Oh yeah, and the pay is not spectacular.
The work was interesting, and I actually like management, but I’m not willing to extend. It’s too much work for not enough money… And the benefits are terrible, especially given where I am.
Post # 4
How do you guys do it?! I burn out on a busy job/s after just a week or two! I sure wouldn’t have minded spending a couple years of my earlier 20s working my tail off but I can’t seem to ever have/find the energy?
I only do the standard 40hrs/wk, albeit on 2nd shift, and already feel like my whole life is work!
Post # 5
Same here. I refuse to work a job with crazy hours. I already don’t feel like I have enough time outside of work to do my activities, errands, cleaning, cooking, etc and I only work a 40 hour week!
Props to you ladies, because I couldn’t do it!
Post # 6
I’ve been working between 50-55 hour weeks for the past year in a pretty high stress job. It’s def been draining and I haven’t really liked the person it’s made me. Irritable, tired, always anxious…had nothing for my son on the weekends (if I didn’t work one of those days too) for playtime. Thankfully I interviewd for a new position with my same organization and I start in just a week…looking forward to the change.
Post # 7
I feel you guys!!! I’m reading the Bee on short breaks from editing a power point for a workshop I’m doing tomorrow. Some days I feel like I spend more time in a day at work than I do at home in a given week! I have my regular job, my volunteer job, teach a few classes, and then my freelance work. So, obviously some weeks are crazy and others are a cake walk. This week? HAHA.
Also doesn’t help that my partner works full time (nurse), grad school (nurse prac), and has clinic hours (unpaid, blah). He’s way busier than me, unless I’m at one of my two busier conferences (which I flipping love every second – seriously, I never like mornings and I’m there loving it!).This week, he worked clinic Thursday until 1pm, then worked 7pm-7am, Friday clinic after work until 12pm then worked AGAIN 7pm-7am. Saturday and Sunday are also 7pm-7am, and then Monday morning he goes straight from work to clinic, and will get home between 5:30 and 7pm. Our hours were opposite all those days. Today I told work that I’d be 10 minutes late so I could spend 15 minutes with him. 15 minutes is lame, but I’ll take it over nothing. It’s bad when a workshop I’m psyched about had the possibility of rescheduling, and part of me was half hoping for it… I could sleep in (!!!!), do laundry, etc.
Post # 8
I do!!! Pulling almost 12 hour days in the salon with no breaks :/ at 36 weeks pregnant its killing me. I was worried about how i would handle maternity leave with so much time off, but i will be running out of there (: looking forward to a break!
Post # 9
@chillinchillin: I do! Depending on the time of year. I work at a school doing marketing, recruiting and family events. So my “normal” hours would be 8-5 M-F. However, we host mutliple family events a month that go from 5-8pm. So many days a week end up being 8am-8pm days. Then on the weekends we go out and recruit new students at events or attend conferences. Fortunately, I get breaks off and I am so thankful for the education calendar because I get about 80 days paid vacation a year.
I try to make it to the gym as often as possible because that is my way of relieving stress. Then I usuall lay on the coach at home until close to midnight. Some days I feel like I do not have much of a “social” life…but I really don’t have time 🙁
Hang in there! Is there any hope of things letting up soon?
Post # 10
I feel ya sister. WORKWORKWORK. I guess a way to deal with it is to have things to look forward to, know what we are working so hard for – whether it is professional, personal, or economical. There’s a reason we are doing this, right? A light at the end of the tunnel? Let’s just ride this wave while we get there
Post # 11
DH and I just started new teaching positions, so we’ve been working like crazy trying to get our classrooms set up, lessons planned, etc. Technically, we work 8 hour days 5 days a week, but realistically we put in at least an extra 2 hours (usually more like 3) everyday and time on the weekend working from home. Things are finally starting to even out a little now that the initial transition period is ending, but it still feels like our lives are mainly work with a small side of reality. Still, before this we worked and did school, so it’s nice to just not have schoolwork on top of it all for a while. We’re about to start our masters though, so that breath of fresh air ends soon.