Frugal Friday: How Much of Your Time Does The Man Get?
Happy Friday everyone! How many of you had a short and crazy week this week? I know it was only one extra day off, but man can that day sneak up on you at times. The nice thing is that fall seems to be soon approaching and for that I am very thankful.
My good blogging friend Holly wrote a post last week sharing about how her husband, Greg, was applying for jobs and found some that offered no vacation time at all whatsoever. That’s right – no freaking vacation! That resulted in a spot-on rant by Holly and I could not have agreed more. I don’t know if it was reading Holly’s post or the recent Labor Day holiday but an article I read over the weekend on NBC News really caught my attention. It discussed a survey that found that 91% of American workers do work on their personal time. Of that 91%, 37% of those polled work at least 10 hours off the clock – or during their personal time. The article went on to discuss, that we as Americans are ahead of other industrialized nations when it comes to giving up our free time to The Man. Is it just me, or does this seem to be more than just a bit off? I know that it can be easy to blur that line between personal time and what our employer gets with, especially with the prevalence of smartphones and expectations of the corporate world, but at what point does our free time being eaten up by The Man become too much?
My intention is not to bemoan working or putting in a hard day’s work; quite the contrary! When I was in the corporate world, my employer got my all – 110% of me and I busted my backside for them, but on their time and not my own. Now that I am a business owner, I see how important it is to maintain that delicate balance between work and free time; it’s absolutely vital not only to the success of my business, but also to my enjoyment of life! When that balance gets thrown out of whack, we become zombies with no time at all to ourselves to live life. I think about a former co-worker, “Mike,” who had taken to submitting leads over his breaks and lunch. The hour he was given by the company for himself was quickly eaten up by doing work when he should’ve been caring for himself. After a few short weeks of doing this, he was finding that he had little more than five to ten minutes to himself during the work day. Did our boss encourage him not to do that? No! Instead, Mike was pointed out as an example of model behavior to be emulated by all employees. Now if Mike wants to give his limited personal time back to his employer, fine. But, his decision quickly became the expectation of others; we were all viewed as not being “team players” if we didn’t give up everything for the firm. This is not meant to complain, but rather to state that we’re people…not robots! Work will almost always be there, but when we forfeit time we need for ourselves we do harm to us as well as those around us. That said, if you’ve not taken a vacation in some time – do yourself a favor and take the time due to you!
Enough ranting, it has been another great week in the blogosphere! If you have the time this weekend, check out some of my favorite blog posts from this week. Also, don’t forget to stop by on Monday as I’ve got something very exciting planned!
Blog Post of the Week
Where Should Buying a House Fit in Your Financial Priorities? on Mom And Dad Money
I loved this post by Matt! So often we’re told that buying a house is essential to reaching a certain level of success in our society. While owning your own house can and does have many benefits, are you really reaping all those benefits if you’re neglecting other things that should arguably take a higher priority? Those priorities can vary based on the stage of life that you’re in, but the key is to analyze those priorities and see where they line up in terms of buying a house. If they all line up then you can reap many of those aforementioned benefits, but if not you really could be biting off more than you can chew.
Other Blog Posts That Ruled
Tips on How to Talk to Your Kids about Money (Ages 0-7) on The Heavy Purse
Reducing Risks to Your Family’s Finances on Three Thrifty Guys
How to Find Freelance Jobs (My Best Tips) on Single Moms Income
Knowing Your Limitations Can Be Financially Beneficial on Squirrelers
The Eye of the Storm on Budget Blonde
Credit Unions vs. Banks – Which is Best for You? on One Smart Dollar
Odd Search Terms
Get rich in one night…That’s a lot of banks!
Groceries not to buy at Wal-Mart…How ‘bout all of them?!
How to stick to a food budget when I won’t cook…Good luck on that one!
I never win the lottery…Sucks to be you, I’ve won it three times already!
Why do people scratch their heads…Because they itch!
What can you tell me…What are you wanting to hear?
Frugal I must be…Save money you will!
What are your thoughts? How much is too much when it comes to working during your free time for your company? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?
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