A couple times in the last week separate people have told me that I work too much.
It’s hard to believe when I picture myself taking a lunch break at home eating my beans on toast on the sofa watching Millionaire Matchmaker, but I suspect it could be true. The trouble with the type of work I do is that there isn’t a natural start and end. I don’t go to work and come home at certain hours – (or get to wear a pretty dress and nice shoes and talk out loud to real people) – the nature of social media is that it is always there, always connecting you to other people.
This is fantastic of course in many ways, but when social is your living it can be difficult to switch off. Ask Belle, she’ll tell you – I’m sure she would happily flush my phone down the toilet if it meant I focussed 100% of my attention on her for more than about twenty minutes at a time.
“Just give me two minutes to reply to this…”
Her eyes roll.
This infographic then, based on a recent survey of parents, really struck a chord.
Have you ever dropped a child off at school knowing they are probably ill enough to be at home? Have you missed a sports day or school play because of work? Have your children complained about the amount of time you spend working?
I have to hold my hand up to all of these.
On the flip side though, if I didn’t work, where would that leave us? I work not just to earn the money to put a roof over our head and pop tarts in the cupboard but also to set an example, to show my daughters that work and career is important for mums as well as dads. I definitely don’t feel guilty about that.
Do you feel guilty about the amount of time you spend working?
Infographic courtesy of Medicash.