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“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” Jim Rohn
I’ve been thinking about reducing my baseline work hours by 8 hours a week. This will not be an easy or quick decision to make, and I’ve already been agonizing over it for months. Not the least of my concerns is the thought about reducing my salary by 1/5.
The reason I’m considering reducing my hours is to achieve a better work-life balance. What would I do with an extra 8 hours of non-working time a week? I’d be spending my time dealing with the household minutiae; laundry, vacuuming, grocery shopping and the like. This would hopefully result in me spending more time with my kids on the weekends, doing things we want to do, instead of doing the things that have to get done (laundry, vacuuming, grocery shopping). Or alternately, not doing any of those household chores and letting the mess pile up, which definitely happens on occasion. Okay, a lot. Okay. My house is a mess and it’s driving me crazy.
But another thing that is driving me a little nuts is why I feel like this is something that I need to do, as the mom and the wife in my household. It has been so important for me, from the get-go over 9 years ago, to be a role model for my children as a mom with a bona fide career. To show my daughters that yes, women get advanced degrees, work successfully outside of the home and can even be the primary household earners. And if I allow myself to look at the situation in a certain way, it feels like in reducing my working hours, I would be shirking my career in favor of housework. And that doesn’t exactly sit well with me.
While I continue to mull over this decision, I want to know how your personal situation is working for you. If you are a full-time working parent, how do you do it? Where is your balance? If you are a full-time stay at home parent, I have the same kind of questions for you; how do you balance full-time parenting with other interests and ambitions? Do you get a break at any time during your day or week? If you made the choice to work less than a 40-hour base week, how does that work out for you? Does it help you achieve your goals? Is the payoff of the extra time worth the reduced salary? Do you find yourself marginalized at work, possibly “mommy-tracked”? Or do you find your workplace supports you?
So many questions…I am looking forward to hearing what you all have to say about how you Runit!!