Monday, March 30, 2009

Just An Update

I really need a new job. I really need longevity on my resume. I'm still trying to decide which is a more important need. And it might be a mute point given the current economic situation. Could I even find a job?

Working 80+ hours a week. Sometimes until well after midnight. I don't have enough time for my classes, much less my writing. I feel whiny and crabby all the time. And since I am working on multiple projects and so overloaded, stuff isn't getting done in time or to a quality that I would like. I am so overwhelmed.

Oh, and then, some of the projects that I have worked on they just aren't going to get used anymore. So demoralizing. Why am I working so many hours if this stuff might not even get used?

I usually am not so whiny! I promise! I am usually very upbeat!

I even had a My Town Monday post idea, but I don't have the time to write it up. I hope to get around to everyone's blogs here either today or tomorrow.

12 tidbits:

KarmaLennon said...

I'm sorry! I know how much that situation is of the suck. I'm in a similar one right now. :(

Travis Erwin said...

Save that MTM for next week or whenever you have the time. We'll still be here.

Anonymous said...

That's a tough decision. That said, there's no way I could do 80 hours a week at any job. I have trouble with 40!

stu said...

You're doing your job at least partly to pay for your classes, presumably, so if it's getting to the point where it's messing them up, you probably need a new job more than you need stability.

Charles Gramlich said...

When work gets like that it turns us all into whiney kids. I just hate looking forward to another day after day of long hours.

Sorry, I guess that doesn't help much.

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A. Malone said...

That's an interesting post above me, heh! Um...

I completely know where you're coming from. My old job had me working weekends, late nights, every waking hour, I had no time for anything else.

Just start looking around, I guess (if you can spare the time to). Your writing and your classes are far more important, and if you're suffering because of your job, those will suffer as well -- as you can see.

Best of luck, let us know what happens.

Unknown said...

The challenging economic conditions are having an adverse affect on all our lifestyles and hobbies. We should look at the bright side that we still have a job, however crappy it is, and carry on with life (without letting our passions die).

I m sure we will be heading for good times soon. I don't think the situation can get worse than what it is...Thomas

Spy Scribbler said...

80 hours a week? Eegads, that sounds horrendous, Lauren! I don't know. If you could find a new job, I'd say go for it!

Is the same company that doesn't pay you on time?

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you feel better. I would die at 80 hours a week. I think everyone's over loaded....and going to school makes it harder!

paintandink said...

Hope you are well and things have improved since you posted...

Lauren said...

Thanks everyone! I am going to stick out the job for a bit. I am going to start clocking my time and leaving in order to keep my week between 40 and 45 hours. I am interviewing people today so that I can get some more help! That will be nice :)

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