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Posted 1/29/17
So I've been at my current job,career,place of work for three years now and... have been pushed to a series of choices. To not throw walls of text at the masses- I've been doing just fine, excelling really. However as they say "hard work will be rewarded with more work" is rearing its head. I've been offered a chance at a fairly sizable promotion and all I have to do is accept it. Am I happy with this job? Meh. It pays the bills; but doesn't satisfy any sense of purpose or fulfillment.

Here's the kicker. Being there is fine and dandy if I want to cruise on through life all normal like; but the added responsibilities this would bring limit my future choices to spread my wings anywhere else in a sense. The time crunch is real with this one. If I accept there won't be much free time to pursue other paths and would effectively lock out learning new unrelated skills on the side.

Now here's the actual question: would you put a "cap" on your workload,thereby cauterizing your advancement within the company to risk pursuing something more personally meaningful; or would you just continue with the security of "we are fed,lights are on, cars in the garage"?

I'd be all for hearing similar stories where balancing demanding work and still pursuing/reaching an ideal workspace/dream career too. Fire away!

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Posted 1/29/17 , edited 1/30/17
I have no future.
Posted 1/30/17 , edited 1/30/17
I like making things, I work in a factory, the money spent to maintain this is less than money gained, outside of work I am lucky enough to have cheap tastes in entertainment.
Life is good, it could be better but good is underrated IMO.

I think what works for me is that I spend half my time doing something I enjoy and for the rest I'm free to do what I want.
I've had other jobs that pay more but I didn't continue because I'd be spending half my life doing something I don't want to and if I'm going to sell the limited time I have: the difference would never be worth it.
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Posted 1/31/17 , edited 1/31/17
continue with the security and take the promotion

nobody likes going to work; just accept the small victory for now. you can go back to school or quit anytime you want. the higher position looks better on your resume... be grateful for what you have

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Posted 1/31/17
Or join the military.
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Posted 1/31/17
I took the option of taking a good pay check with relatively no chance for advancement. I like my job and make good bank, but always feel like I could do more.

I work in TV as a camera man and have been toying with the idea of acquiring a license of being a drone camera operator. My wife has encouraged me to do it. I just don't know where to start and need a good kick in the butt to get me motivated.

I really should pursue it but I'm so god damn lazy.
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Posted 2/1/17
Hmmmm tough call. I think the key is to try and manage work life balance so the income from work funds the things you want to do in your outside work life. The trick is to try and avoid workload that means you are late home everynight etc

I know the feels re capping workload having a negative effect on career progression. But at the same time management need to understand that everyone has a breaking point. If an employee has too heavy a workload then the quality of the work will suffer. Same deal with working too late too frequently (my company hates OT so if we work late we arent being paid..) if an employee is just working sleeping working then the quality also drops. I find that especially if you are a go to person then you can end up taking on other employees work. Or doing things that could be delegated.

Not much help but I would suggest trying to figure out where your limits are workload wise and try control it best you can. If work needs something done especially urgent once in a while then maybe take it on. But dont need to be a one person workforce
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Posted 2/4/17
Thanks everyone for the feedback. After some delegation I'm going to follow through on the advancement. I would never abandon my position with no back-up in place, that'd be lunacy in today's work climate. I'll just have to squeeze in what I can and develop my personal hobbies/skills with what time I have. I've gotten it down to an almost hour by hour schedule! Normally I plan (exercise/meals/excursions/extras) in advance, but every little bit is still progress.

I've always enjoyed writing and reading, be they fiction or fact. My job to its better extent on the writing front, is a few thousand emails every year in between physical duties/small group leadership for a technical metering company. Not exactly the type of stimulus I crave, hence my involvement with this site and other forms of similar media. I've also picked up an interest in studying music; and have been pursuing these bit by bit. Even if it comes down to 15 minutes to an hour a day- it's very much felt like a positive investment.


I find that especially if you are a go to person then you can end up taking on other employees work. Or doing things that could be delegated


My problem lies in I rarely say no when there's a question or request.... which led to all sorts of knowledge being bestowed. Being stuck with said answers lends me to answering all kinds of queries. I get some leeway since I divvy work out to a team- but lots of times we end up short handed to begin with; and I take the work personally alongside normal tasks. We'll say my "I owe you a lunch!" Tab has been ticking up and up. Maybe I can cash it in on a years worth of crunchy instead.

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