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!