Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stop the world!

I've felt as though I'm hurtling through the days at the moment, but only getting a fraction of the things done that I want/need to. Does that mean it's time for a holiday? I wish....

I switched to part time in my dull, daytime, pays-the-bills job in 2006. Three days a week of battling peak hour traffic and being parked all day at a desk was plenty (ugh) and it allowed me time for my personal training/online coaching clients, plus enough "me time" to keep me sane. Except maybe during all those months when I was prepping for comps and building a house. Was I insane? Don't answer that.

With the dawn of a new year in 2010, it hit me that retirement isn't all that far away - I'm one of the lucky ones who can still retire before 60 (at 56, to be precise). So I started to do some future planning. I crunched some numbers for my super funds and realised that part-time hours were having a negative impact on my prospective payout. If I want to retire fabulously wealthy (or at least comfortably off), I needed to make some changes. So that made me reluctantly decide to revert to full time hours.

I've been back doing the nine-to-five things five days a week since April, and let me tell you, it doesn't leave much time for anything else. Especially when you add on two hours plus for travelling every day. The work is OK, the people are fine, the travel kills me...but the lack of time is driving me nuts.

Long story short, I stepped back from PT-ing for a bit. I just had to try to achieve some balance, and find a routine. Hey, I did this full time thing for twenty-seven years, so I know it isn't impossible. Things are settling now - I'm finding time for some projects on the weekends, and we're doing a few social things. And with the daylight hours extending and temperatures rising, it will get even easier.

So I'm starting to take on clients again. I have a couple already, plus a few more prospects, and I'm really enjoying getting back to what I love. I even woke up yesterday without the usual Blah. It's Monday attitude and headed to the office with a smile on my face.

The sun's shining this morning, and I'm running late once again, so I'm off out into the world. Later!


Unknown said...

I can only imagine how you felt returning full time to work! I've been part time for 4 years now and the thought of doing anything full time is daunting. Work has increased for me over the past years but I'm loving the flexibility of this life. If I was full time I wouldn't be able to run north on a whim!Good that you found out about your super though!

Kathryn said...

What a bummer that you have to go back to f/time but I guess it's worth it to be better off in a few years time. I think it's the commuting that kills esp when you have to drive and can't use the time for much else (singing maybe, language CDs...)

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