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Improving Work-Life Balance and Making a Difference:

Samurai Troper
It's no secret that America is a pretty workaholic society, and a lot of us are taught "oh well, this is just how things are" usually accompanied with a shrug.

I recently began working retail full-time, and before that I was a freelance writer. The majority of my time and effort has been spent making ends meet, but it wasn't until I started retail that I understood the implications and how it was that people could wind up so apathetic and well, somewhat zombified, for lack of a better term.

People who work these low-paying jobs have to devote the vast majority of our days to a job that requires constant emotional and mental exertion (believe me, you get the pleasure of dealing with complete asshats some days, and you pretty much have to wear a shit-eating grin and go 'Have a good day, sir/ma'am' no matter what abuse might get thrown your way.)

After work, it's easy to be too mentally and physically exhausted to give a damn about anything other than a quick microwave meal or go out to eat then come home, curl up in bed with the TV on, only to get up next day and do it again. You usually don't have time or energy to pursue your interests or really do anything but get ready for work the next day.

Don't get me wrong, it's great to have a job and have money, but how do you fellow working tropers go about achieving a successful work-life balance? You're supposed to work to live, not live to work.
 2 Gabrael, Sat, 22nd Feb '14 3:30:51 PM Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
A Polar Bear Named Gabrael
Supposedly.

Not trying to be a simplistic ass but how life is supposed to be for most people isnt fair.
 3 Wildcard, Sat, 22nd Feb '14 7:25:00 PM from Somewhere in the galaxy
Go! Fly! Win!
I am of the opinion that increasing people's wages would help people pursue what they really want. I realize I am lucky to be able to get paid for something I like to do with only 1 part time job, (it is pretty cheap to live here even on one income as long as your income is only going to one person).
Whatever tomorrow brings I'll be there. With open arms and open eyes.
 4 Ogodei, Sat, 22nd Feb '14 7:43:03 PM from stalking Sakaki
go on, pet him
40 hours a week is still plenty of time to pursue a life. The key is keeping it at 40 hours <_>.

 5 Gabrael, Sat, 22nd Feb '14 7:46:09 PM Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
A Polar Bear Named Gabrael
It also depends how you are spending that forty hours.

Forty hours split shifts, nights, or set in 12's (I've personally worked all of these at least once) isn't the same as 40 hours, 9-5 with weekends off.

Also manual labor or physically demanding work may impare your ability to spend your offtime in a relaxing way.
 6 Wildcard, Sat, 22nd Feb '14 7:57:41 PM from Somewhere in the galaxy
Go! Fly! Win!
Also short burst often aren't enough if your pursuing creative endeavors. I don't know how many writers there are here but writing can take me anywhere from 20 minutes to 5 hours depending on how much I'm doing and what exactly I need to think of.
Whatever tomorrow brings I'll be there. With open arms and open eyes.
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