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Tired of Working

October 15th, 2014 at 09:52 pm

Like many folks I have been working since I was 16. I am now 54. Lately, I have really been struggling with the daily grind. It's not that I hate my job, I enjoy my work and I am very grateful to have a good income and job stability. But I find myself longing for my time to be my own. To sleep in on a rainy day, to linger over my coffee in the morning while I catch up on the news. I would like to be able to attend to all of my errands and chores during the week so that my weekends are free and not crammed with obligations. Since I am not financially able to retire yet, I have really been focused on making sure (as sure as I can) that I can retire at age 62. I would want to continue working part time but only 2 days a week. My next blog entry will focus on my thoughts on housing. Do I want to stay where I am? Downsize? There is so much to consider but I am excited to really focus on a plan to achieve my goals.

10 Responses to “Tired of Working”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    I hear you, Wink. While I do enjoy my job, there are many days I fantasize about hitting the road in a travel trailer, with all my time my own.

    Looking forward to reading your thoughts on housing.

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I'm with you.

  3. snafu Says:

    Like you, I like my work and know I'd be bored to tears without those challenges. I wonder what tasks and obligations could be modified, changed or dropped to give you the free weekends you desire. Would it help to set the alarm 40 minutes earlier to allow reading the paper? Can you bake a whole chicken and roast beef so slices plus salad and two [frozen] vegetables create dinner and lunch to go? Re-organize a closet with outfits grouped on a hanger?

    There are a lot of services available you just trade money for time. Groceries can be ordered and delivered, Molly Maid sends two cleaners to dust, vacuum, load the dishwasher.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I hear ya!!!!!!!!

    I too would love not to have cram my weekends full of chores and I absolutely hate rushing around in the morning to get ready for work.

    Snafu had some good ideas, and I would also suggest you think of little ways to make the monotony of your routine more bearable.

    For instance, I was able recently to adjust my hours back to "winter hours," meaning 9 to 5:30 instead of 8:30 to 5. That extra half hour in the morning means I can awaken more naturally, without an alarm clock, and most of the time I won't be waking up in the dark,which i really dislike.

    I make an effort in the summer to do my lawn mowing after work on weekdays to further free up weekend time. I'd love to hear more suggestions from others here about how to free up weekend time.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good points Snafu! I don't relate, but I don't experience most of the cons of working. I've got a house husband, but without him a maid or some hired help would work.

    I was actually never an early bird in the slightest until I had kids. Necessity is the mother of invention. But I've really come to enjoy long leisurely mornings. My body rhythm is so changed I could not sleep in if I tried. (I share just because I think people would be surprised how much they could change their sleep habits). That said, I totally understood this does not work for everyone. My spouse will never be an early bird. The flip side of that is that he has often worked nights. Whatever you can do to work with your body.

    That said, I look forward to hearing more about your plans.

  6. Wink Says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions! Since I am a single person, and my 88 year old mom lives with me, I have a lot that I have to do on my own. I may investigate using a cleaning service once a month for the heavy duty scrubbing, it would depend on the cost and trust factor. I did recently drop my part time teaching job, it was just getting to be too much. And I also started doing one "chore" each evening (if I have the energy) to cut down on the list on the weekend.

  7. Miz Pat Says:

    I just had to read this when I was exhausted.

    My goal is to pay off my house as early as possible and retire at 68. I also want to keep in good shape so I can enjoy that time, and work longer as a volunteer.

    And I want to take up belly dancing.

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    I like the idea of trying to do one "chore" each weekday evening. Sometimes, I don't want to much else other than make dinner for me and the cats, and then sink in front of Hulu TV or Netflix for the rest of the evening. But 1 chore a night is a good idea, so it doesn't all accumulate at week's end.

  9. scfr Says:

    This post really resonates with me.

  10. Tabs Says:

    Yes indeed, that is a wonderful sentiment I think many of us share.

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