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IslandSaint83
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Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
As someone who has been off work since mid-March and furloughed since mid-April (my emplyer was nice and paid us to sit at home the first 5 weeks before deciding to furlough all of us due to not knowing when we'll reopen)this whole situation has given me time to really reevaluate my work life.

All of this time has shown me just how much work dominates our lives here in the U.S. A lot of us work 40-50 hour weeks and have a "live for the weekend" mentality. Friday afternoons are great but it's bitter sweet knowing we have to get stuff done at home and if we're lucky we'll really have 1 day to actually do stuff we want to do. And the bliss of Friday afternoons is far outweighed by the sadness of Sunday nights.

Don't get me wrong, I love my employer and I love my job, I just don't love how much my job dominates my life.

I'm 35 so obviously I'm a long way away from retirement. When I do go back to work though I'm really thinking about going down to 4 days a week (which in my line of work should be possible) even if it means less money. To me the time is far more valuable. It also means on that 5th day I can get errands and stuff done around the house and then truly have 2 days off to do what I want.

Anyone else considering making changes to their professional life after this?
This post was edited on 5/11 at 8:13 pm


Brosef Stalin
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
I would love to be able to work 40-50 hours a week


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iheartchimichangas
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?


I'm reconsidering my choice for representation in the government.


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madamsquirrel
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
Exactly. I have decided I want to work less even if it is less pay. Work totally dominated my life.


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LSUZombie
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
It’s shown me that no matter how successful or stable you feel in your job, in the end a business will view you like a number and everything you’ve done up to that point is meaningless.

And I’m lucky enough to have had a job throughout the entire ordeal. A lot of good people I worked with do not.


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lnomm34
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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my job dominates my life.


This is true. Couple the work week with the commute, the morning rush routine getting kids ready for school, picking the kids up from school, etc., there’s little time left to actually do anything besides look forward to Friday.


fallguy_1978
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
Work blows. People that live for their jobs make no sense to me. I'd retire tomorrow if I was able to.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
I have a pretty flexible schedule as long as my team gets all of my shite done. Some weeks are crazy long, others not. I take off at least one Friday a month to just fart around and run random errands.



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DCtiger1
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
Start your own business and become your own boss. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made freedom wise and financially.


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tigerinthebueche
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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And the bliss of Friday afternoons is far outweighed by the sadness of Sunday night.



You sound like a third grader.



IslandSaint83
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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Work blows. People that live for their jobs make no sense to me. I'd retire tomorrow if I was able to.


Same here and my dad was like this when he was still working. He was defined by his job and I just don't understand that mentality. A job is a part of my life, it is not my entire life and it does not define who I am. I don't know if I would retire tomorrow if I could, I have gotten a little bored the last few weeks, but I would definitely go part time. Again that's not feasible for 4 days could be.
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IslandSaint83
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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You sound like a third grader.


No, just someone who sadly had a "live for the weekend" mentality and is now realizing that. I love my job but not 5 days a week of it. I want a life outside of work.


fallguy_1978
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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Same here and my dad when he was like this when he was still working. He was defined by his job and I just don't understand that mentality. A job is a part of my life, it is not my entire life and it does not define who I am. I don't know if I would retire tomorrow if I could, I have gotten a little bored the last few weeks, but I would definitely go part time. Again that's not feasible for 4 days could be.

I like my career for the most part but I'm 20 years in at this point. I'd give it up tomorrow in a heartbeat


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tigerinthebueche
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
Well if you can work 4 tens and maintain your lifestyle, more power to you. I wouldn’t work any more than I have to either. And I haven’t.


FulshearTiger
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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You sound like a third grader


Pretty stupid comment. Some people dont live to work.


IslandSaint83
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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Well if you can work 4 tens and maintain your lifestyle, more power to you. I wouldn’t work any more than I have to either. And I haven’t.


In my line of work 4 tens would be hard and I know our operations leader is personally against 4 tens.

I could do 4 days a week but it would be 4 eights. What I would probably have to do is do my regular job and then do a side job (thinking Instacart/Door Dash) for a few hours in the evening to make up the hours. I'm also willing to cut back my lifestyle a little to make up for it.
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
I enjoy my job 90% of the time

Sorry yall are miserable


IslandSaint83
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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I enjoy my job 90% of the time Sorry yall are miserable


So do I. But I'll also admit that I'm done and over it by Friday. I'm also thinking that going to 4 days a week would help lessen burnout.
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PetroBabich
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
What is life in a first world urban society besides the work week, providing for a family, and a day or two to enjoy your hobbies?
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fallguy_1978
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re: Are You Reconsidering Your Professional Life After Covid-19?
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I enjoy my job 90% of the time

Sorry yall are miserable

Me too but I'd rather play golf or go hiking or fishing.


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