The Hidden Benefit of Working Insane Hours
Between working a full time job, taking over and doing my boss' work while he's on vacation, executing additional contract work whenever it comes my way, and attempting to manage sales inquiries and tune ups for flipping cars, I have spent 70-80 hours per week in recent times balancing all of these things.
The great thing about working a lot is that to have no time to put yourself in a position where you can spend money easily. It's like you have to actively go out of your way to spend it. Anything that requires additional effort after a 12 hour day is pretty much off the table. So it becomes incredibly easy.
There you have it. The hidden benefit comes with caveats:
You don't have time to have fun (goes hand in hand with not spending)
You don't have time to manage simple tasks, like housekeeping. Or taking dumps.
Anytime you want to make some extra time for other activities, such as emergency home repairs, a social life (pretty much needs to be narrowed down to the people you live with and maybe a significant other), you have to sacrifice sleep. Or your dump-taking time.
In the grand scheme of things, working this much is undesirable, but hey - so is being broke your whole life. So you just have to balance how broke you wanna be with how much it sucks to work long hours. I also suffer no illusion that I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work as much as I do. In a recovering economy it isn't as as difficult to find work, but having too much work is a horse of a different problem than not having work to do at all. You wouldn't want to be able to take dumps for 16 hours a day.
To summarize, a couple cornerstone philosophies of Financial Jiu Jitsu are encompassed by working those insane hours, so it's not all bad and serves our futures pretty well:
1.) If you want to earn more, you have to work more. We've mentioned this a couple times in some of our posts surrounding break-ups from our contributing authors. See the following articles for more info regarding this aspect:
Part 1: Free Time? Do Work!
Part 2: Free Time? Do Work! (Continued)
2.) If you want to save more, you have to spend less. We've hit hard on several aspects of this, such as saving 50% of your take home income as a method to get your financial life in order, as well as a rationalization method we refer to as FFR where you always use foresight to predict upcoming temptations to spend, and taking proactive action to mitigate or avoid the expenditure.
The boss is out of the office for the next few weeks, and I have just been handed an interim-kinda-sorta-promotion-but-unofficial-without-pay-raise, and that of course comes with additional responsibilities I have to take on out of my endless resolve to take on work until it makes me puke or die.