Balancing A Workaholic ScheduleFiled Under Human Factors
When I blogged about Work Tunnel Vision, a friend of mine promptly called me a hypocrite. Well…this is true from one perspective.
I have to defend my workaholism by saying that it’s anatomy does not resemble other peoples’ workaholic schedules. For example, a normal workaholic schedule looks something like this:
7 AM – 8 AM : Wake up get ready for work
8 AM – 7 PM : Work (with possibly a small lunch break)
7 PM – 8 PM : Dinner with the family and perhaps a second of TV
8 PM – 12 PM : Back at work or laptop is on
This type of schedule is ultra-lame. You are spending too much time focused on one company (or one stream of revenue), and you are not fully engaged with your family while you are there.
Although I do work a lot, I do have a few ground rules that I must live by:
- 5-6 hours of sleep is necessary for me to be productive the next day
- The hours of 5 PM – 9 PM are dedicated to my family
- I will only work a maximum of 8 hours a day on any one revenue stream
- I will dedicate 3 lunch hours a week to physical activity or the gym
- I will spend at least 1 hour a day learning something new
- Only an average of 1 hour of TV a day (if that)
These rules and regulations are what allow me to be more balanced in my workaholic schedule. I admit – I love working – but I also have to be sure and stay balanced about it.
Probably the least obvious one of these rules is the one about only working 8 hours a day on one revenue stream. There are exceptions, but this one is huge.
Think about it – even in the most rewarding of companies lets say that you put in 80 hours a week. Your base salary is 75k a year, but your efforts get you an additional 50k a year in bonuses for a cool 125k a year. You are losing money! Just go and get another 75k a year job and work that if you are going to hold down the equivalent of 2 full time jobs!
Furthermore, in the above scenario you are doing nothing to make Passive Income. In order to make “real” chunks of change, you have to create opportunities for yourself to make money. As developers these opportunities are endless! Here are just some ideas:
- Blogs that are monetized
- Affiliate programs and websites
- eBay stores
- eCommerce stores that use drop-shipping
- Becoming a part-time PPC/SEO consultant
- Selling online training material about your hobby (for example, let’s say you are also a dog trainer)
There are tons of possibilities on the internet to make cash without trading your time at a ratio 1:1.
So what does my schedule look like? (lets use my non-morning schedule):
7 AM – 8 AM : Wake up, get ready for work, read RSS feeds while eating
8 AM – 11 PM : Work
11 PM – 12 PM : Gym
1 PM – 5 PM : Work
5 PM – 9 PM : Family (make dinner, visit, take dog for walk, *maybe* watch a TV show)
9 PM – 11 PM : Work on internet marketing adventures
11 PM – 12 AM : Blog(s) writing
12 AM – 1 AM : Read a book or more RSS
The most important aspect about this schedule is that if I decide to call the day quits at 9 PM – I can. I have no obligation to work on side businesses, nor do I have to sacrifice time from my family.
Trying to understand the 8-5 mentality is hard for a lot of people, but hopefully this breakdown of my schedule shows that you can be a workaholic, not be apathetic, spend more time with your family, and be wealthier all at the same time.
To your success!