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Near the end of my work day yesterday, I began thinking about the pressures of life. First, the pressures of business. It is common place for people in the business world to work well more than 40 hours a week. In fact, 40 hours a week almost seems like child’s play. 50, 60, 70 hours per week is just the way it is for many people.
I began to reflect on my personal work ethic. I am religious, I believe in God. I am married to my best friend and we have two busy boys. I care deeply about my health. I want both a long lifespan and healthspan, meaning that I will live young at a ripe old age. Therefore, sufficient sleep, proper eating and daily exercise are vital. I also own a home, and for those of you who also own a home understand that it takes work and time.
I wake up between 4:45 AM and 5:30 AM at least 90% of my mornings. I do my best to stop everything by 9:00 PM in order to get the sleep I want and need. I think my ideal world would consist of an 8:00 PM bedtime and 4:00 AM wake up time. Anyway…. Sunday is a day of rest for me. I always rest from workweek/career type work. However, Sunday is not always as relaxing as I would like it to be. Often it is filled with spiritual type work; attending church, church leadership meetings, visiting neighbors, and spending time with extended family. Depending on what responsibility I have in my church at the time, Sundays can be more intense than Wednesdays.
As I reflected on Monday through Saturday, it was difficult for me to find any times when I take significant breaks. My hobbies are religion, family and daily exercise. It is a blessed and rare day when I hike, trail run, go to a movie or golf. I want to purchase a road bike (cycling) but I am unsure when I would use it. I am terrible at taking free time, release time, relax, whatever you want to call it.
Now, if you are still reading, please know that I am not writing this for the purpose of suggesting that I am someone special. Here is my point. A 40 hour workweek is most common for me. 40 hours a week is all the time I allow myself to allocate to work because I want to allocate time to religion, my family and my health. However, if I combine work, religion, family time and obligations and health maintenance I work at least 80 hours every single week, unless I am on vacation. So, am I sacrificing my life for my business? No. I do feel however, that I am working extremely hard. I feel the intensity and stress almost daily. I am working on learning how to handle this part.
As of right now, I have no complete “therefore what” thoughts, but below are some thoughts that may or may not go somewhere.
This may only be a personal struggle, but if you can relate, I would love your comments.
Thank you for reading.