Avoiding Burnout

by Andy Hough on February 21, 2013

I’m almost halfway through with my seasonal tax research job. Working this full-time job plus my part-time job for at least 65 hours a week is starting to be a bit of a grind. Neither of my jobs are too hard and the long hours will only be until April 15 so I can handle it. The blogging has been suffering quite a bit though.

This week I should get some overtime at the full-time job as well. So far out of 30 offered hours of overtime I’ve worked about 1.5 overtime hours. I definitely need to do better on working overtime. Since this is only for 3.5 months I should be working all the hours I can get. Most of the available overtime hours are during the weekend which is when I work my part-time job and I feel too tired to go in and work optional overtime hours after working the part-time job. Considering an overtime hour at my full-time job pays over four times as much as an hour at the part-time job it is possible that the part-time job is costing me money. I do like the part-time job and it is very easy and it isn’t temporary like the full-time job so I’ll keep the part-time job for now.

I did get a bit of a break today. Due to the big snowstorm here in Kansas City the phones were off for the day and we had the option of working from home. Since I live close to work I opted to go into the office. It was nice not having to answer the phones and the work environment was quite a bit different since there was hardly anyone there. I might try the work at home option tomorrow. The system isn’t really set up for working at home, making it a bit of pain to work at home but maybe next year they will configure the system to make working at home an option for any day, not just snow days. I would really like that.

For now, I will just keep working. When I start to feel burnt out I will remind myself it is only for a little while more and think about how much I’ve been able to save. I also have a short hiking trip planned after the end of the tax season to give myself a little reward.

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KC @ genxfinance February 22, 2013 at 2:59 am

Just reading about your work schedule makes me feel exhausted already. I wonder how it is for you. Well, you’re almost there. hand in there.


Andy Hough February 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I do get to sleep a few hours at the part-time job so the work schedule isn’t quite as bad as it sounds.


My Frugal Miser February 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Keep grinding. It will all be worth it when you are on the trail breathing that fresh air and knowing you have money in the bank! Good stuff.


Andy Hough February 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thanks. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the trail. Maybe I’ll make it down to Florida sometime this year.


Pam@Pennysaverblog February 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I think knowing your time line is key. That’s what helped me get through the busiest times – just knowing that there would be an end. Stay healthy and take care of yourself during this busy time.


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