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I’m now a 9-5er

Posted by Scotsman on July 29, 2009 in Life |

Or more accurately, an x-5er.

I was thinking a lot about my life lately.  I’m an admitted workaholic, and it’s not uncommon for me to be working from the second i wake up until I head to bed.  To be honest, I’ve always felt like I was working towards something – where sometine in the near future, I would be able to basically “retire” – I’d have a staff that would deal with all my websites, and I could sit back and reap the benefit of years of hard work, in a basic semi-retirement.

Who the fuck am I kidding???

There’s a reason why even in their 70s you still see actors in movies.  Or why the likes of Mick Foley still wrestle.  Or why Donald Trump is still working his ass off every day.  It’s because they love what they do, and I’m the same way.  I fucking love my job.  Even if I DID get all my work done, and had websites for every domain I own – I’d be out the very next day buying more domains, building more websites, running more PPC campaigns etc.  It’s because this is what I do – and I love it.

So I had to rethink things, because if I kept it the way I was I’d be working all day every day until I was dead.  So over the weekend I decided that every day, I will quit working at 5pm.  There’s no set time to start work – it’s whenever I feel like it.  Some days I’ll start work at 6am, others at 10am – and other days I may not even bother working.  But the main thing is at 5pm every day, my computer is turned off and won’t be turned on until the next morning.

I’ve tried things like this before – like working only 4 days a week, things like that.  It’s never really worked out though.  This is the first time where I’m actually really feeling good about my decision.  I’ve did it Monday and Tuesday already this week and it felt great.  It has been a very nice feeling turning off my computer at 5pm, and knowing I won’t be on it till the next day.  It also made me more productive during the day knowing that I have a quitting time.

That’s pretty much life for me at the moment – now if you don’t mind I gotta get back to work – only 5 and a half hours till I’m done for the day!

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