I always heard that expression and assumed that it was what a boss said to his/her employees to motivate them to work harder. These days I am looking at it from another perspective and find it is so true.
Every week day for the past 7 years I got in my car and headed off to work. My day consisted of 8 hours of actual paid work time, one hour of unpaid time at work and three hours of unpaid travel time. I justified this by saying that the money was good and it was compared to some jobs but it has taken its toll on me and I have aged tremendously in those 7 years. Looking back, I can say it was worht it but there were some heavy proces that I paid along with getting older.
For starters the unpaid time has added up and I am amazed at the time I didn't get paid for. I did some calculations and came up with 3500 hours I lost over the 7 years that I didn't get paid for. I'm not bragging but that means over 100,000.00 I didn't get paid. I am not saying that that I should have gotten that money but that was time that I could have spent with my family.
My sons are growing up fast and I missed a lot over the past 7 years. My oldest son grew from about 4 ft tall to over 7 feet tall. My youngest went from a toddeler to a rapidly growing boy who is almost as tall as me. I have two more grand kids that were born over the past 7 years and I have only seen them twice. And who knows what I missed with DW.
Yes I know I am taking a pay cut to take this new job but I am gaining time and to me it is worth it. There will be no more pager, No calls at 2 am, and no headaches when people that worked for me screwed up. I won't have anyone under me, and my drive will drop from 90 minutes to 45 minutes each way. I know this is what I need and it will be a good thing. Wish me luck.