No Time for Part-time Job
By Andrea Freedman
Recently, I was offered a part-time job, three hours a day. The trouble was, the three hours were to take place every single day during the week from Monday to Friday; the same routine five days a week, which was one of the things I wanted to get away from when I started working as a freelancer.
I am not knocking all part-time jobs, but in my opinion, having a job five days a week amounts to a full-time job in disguise, except that the pay is not even a fraction of what I used to make when I really did work full-time and leaves very little room for life balance or in my case, writing.
Nevertheless, I was briefly tempted. After all, at least I would be making some extra, guaranteed money that would be paid bi-weekly even in between writing jobs. I experienced a momentary feeling of guilt, thinking that I was passing up a chance to contribute even a little bit more money to our household expenses. That was until I sat down and really thought about things logically.
When you are doing something right in the middle or later in the day, that is really the main part of the day and I find the rest of the time is spent in limbo either waiting or getting ready for work. I reminded myself that I am already working and just because I am enjoying what I am doing does not mean that it is still not work. Taking something else on five days a week wouldn’t give me enough time to do that.
Sure many of the writing jobs I do don’t pay that well, but they do pay, and the more I work, the more I earn. Since I love writing, having more of it to do is not really a chore. The only stress comes from the challenge of getting it all done on time and to produce quality work, even if some days I experience the dreaded writers’ block. If I took this so-called part time job, it would definitely get in the way of my writing career and it would not amount to much in the long run. In fact, it could actually be to my detriment financially and otherwise.
Something told me that this would be the wrong decision, mostly because it would be equivalent to copping out and putting my dreams aside. I have spent too much time and worked too hard to give it all up for something that could set me back and so I politely declined.
When I met with one of the publishers I work for the next day and he proceeded to tell me how much work I would have to do for him within only the next week, I knew for sure that I had made the right choice.
Taking the easy way out might sometimes seem like the right thing to do but it rarely is. Persevering to accomplish what really matters to you, however, is an investment in yourself. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to work.♠
Copyright © by Andrea Freedman 2016
Posted on October 26, 2016, in Weekly Thoughts and Observations and tagged Work not worth the time if it leaves time for nothing else.. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.