Nearly a year has passed since I started working less in the hopes of “halfing more”. Have I obtained everything from this arrangment that I hoped to? No, I haven’t. I have worked more than I expected, exercised less than I hoped for, and did less “home schooling” than I planned. My eating habits greatly improved (though as I write this, there is an empty DQ Blizzard cup in front of me). I have pinched pennies and worried about finances. All that being said, I do not regret the decision. Above all, I have been far less stressed. For the first time in my 8 year career, I remember coming home from a vacation on a Sunday and NOT experiencing that dreadful pit in my stomach of regret, worry, and stress about how to “make up” my time spent on vacation. The lack of that feeling is what made that my first REAL vacation in my career. I also remember being able to attend my son’s field trip to a farm, again thinking to myself how wonderful it was that I could have this experience with him and not have it tainted by guilt or worry about “making up” time for work.
For this coming year, I hope to do a better job of achieving the desired balance I hoped for. More time being active, more meaningful time with my son, and less time working. Fingers crossed.