Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Success

Want to know a secret?  For the past 12 months, I have been working part-time.  Mission accomplished!  My full-time job is ancient history!

This has been a long time coming, and I didn't want to brag about it prematurely, so I wanted to make sure that it had some staying power before I made any remarks about it here.

My new part-time status had its genesis in the autumn of 2013, when I was having my annual review with my supervisor.  As I've stated before on this blog, I have worked for my employer for many years, and although I was satisfied with the company itself and the work I did, I had become unsatisfied with the endless grind of 40 hours (or more) each week.  When my supervisor was wrapping up his remarks, he asked me if there was anything on my mind.  I had been thinking of bringing up my desire to reduce my hours, but was uncertain because there really was no precedent of someone working part-time in our department.  Ultimately, I decided there was more possible upside than downside, so I told him I had been feeling burned out and was wondering if there were options for me to cut back on my schedule.  To my surprise, he did not immediately dismiss my inquiry, and instead asked me to elaborate.  I'll spare the details here, but the result of that discussion (and a lot of back and forth with HR) was my conversion to a permanent part-time employee almost a year later.  And a year later still, I report with satisfaction that I have never been happier as an employee.

I have to say, working 3 days each week (instead of 5 days/week like I was before) has increased my work/life satisfaction significantly.  I think if everyone could manage to earn a living wage working only 3 days each week, the world would be a much happier place.  Who wouldn't like a 4-day weekend every week?

You might think that with 2 days fewer each week on the clock, I'd find more time to write here.  But the opposite has been true.  I've filled my days off with learning and doing, along with a lot of relaxing and enjoying.  I've hardly had the desire to read or comment on blogs, and even less desire to write on my own.  However in recent weeks my thoughts have returned to this blog.  I hope to make time again to put some of my thoughts down in writing.  Let's see if this sticks!

12 comments:

  1. Executioner,

    Sounds like you executed that full-time job. Nice!

    I've been much, much happier since quitting my job in the auto industry to focus on writing/blogging. I agree that life for most people would be much better if workweeks were shorter. In fact, I might not have been so antsy to seek out financial independence in the first place had I only been working, say, 25 or 30 hours per week. Maybe that's why those quality of life surveys usually favor countries with more favorable work-life balances?

    Enjoy the new lifestyle!

    Cheers.

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    1. Congrats on leaving your full-time gig and striking out on your own. I hope it sticks!

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  2. I am thrilled for you, that you were able to make this happen. For me, the satisfaction has been exponentially better, even more than I could have imagined. As well as the feeling of it being very sustainable long term. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks. For years, future prognosticators have been predicting that people would eventually cut back on their working hours in favor of more leisure time. Unfortunately that vision hasn't come true for most. Glad to hear you are enjoying your place in the world.

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  3. Happy to see you back! I've enjoyed reading your blogs!

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  4. Congrats! Is your wife still working full-time?

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    1. Yes, for now. She is younger than I am so she has told me she is willing to remain full-time for a while longer if it means we can reach our financial goals. I am looking forward to the day she can cut back as well, though. Would be great to have more free time to play together!

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  5. That's great. Is your desire to exit the workforce (completely) diminished at all now that your job is not such a burden on your time?

    Eric

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    1. Not at all. If I received a windfall tomorrow I would not hesitate to pull the plug on paid employment. But I do think my current workload is more sustainable, and significantly improves my quality of life.

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  6. That's happy news. I'm encouraged that it can be done. I think I'm 5-7 years from that point but if I'm still with my employer, I want to propose part time or contractor status.

    I also recognize in myself the ebb and flow of reading and writing about personal finance. When I started cutting back on reading, I had a greater desire to write, then would go dive back into reading.

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  7. Absolutely wonderful, Executioner!
    I've been semi-retired since my 30s and wouldn't have traded that in for anything. You've been making a lot of right moves over many years and the payoff seems to be compounding for you not just financially, but emotionally. I'm glad I just happened to check in (albeit a little late).Well done!

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