Hey all. So, to set the stage, I'm pretty bored and not a little "fed up" with my current day-job. I happen to work with another man, my age, in the sales of agricultural machinery. Sound glamorous? Well, it isn't, but it got me out of ESL teaching (read: no my kids, nor their parents! yay!), got me a steady income with some bonuses, helped me pay my part of the mortgage that I was behind upon, even helped me purchase my first new car. But, all that doesn't take away from the reality that the job kind of doesn't "satisfy" me much. But my point here isn't to simply complain about the day-job, that's too easy to do. What I was discussing with a friend today was some of the reasons that the day-job sometimes gets to me. Here is one of the first that comes to mind: I'm at work way too many hours for what I actually do. Now, I begin the work day at nine in the morning, stop at one for lunch, return to work at three and am in the car, heading for home at five. This is seven hours a day at work. The two-hour lunch time is something cultural in the country I reside. My boss would love to have me stay until much later, eight in the evening would be the average "go home" hour for him, but as he only pays me around 12 thou a year, he's not getting that kind of time commitment from me anytime soon. What is a bit frustrating, though, is not the seven hours, or the lunch hour spent at the desk (since I live just a bit too far from work to go home for lunch). It's that the actual work I do do, I could get done in about two hours instead of the seven that the boss asks me to be there. Really. The only reason I'm there all day long is because he is totally unable to organize his work day and spends a lot of time wasting time and wasting my time. Which means that from nine to five I'm at his call, from 8 to 9 I'm getting ready for and driving to work, from 5 to 6 I'm leaving work and trying to wind down. Which leaves me just a couple of hours to do things I like to do (not counting fixing dinner, walking the dog, spending time with friends, watching stupid YouTube videos....) So, do I tell the boss "Look, I don't mind the job, but all these hours are taking away from time I could be doing something else-- what's more, what you actually ask me to do, what you pay me to do, I could do in less than half the time, so give me a half day and pay me half, save yourself some money and give me some time for my guitar and violin lessons"-- knowing that he believes that work is actually a 24/7 activity and that all who work with him should share that attitude. Well, in a certain way, I do share that attitude, I do happen to work a lot of hours on my own stuff (once I'm out of the combine harvester business), but I'm pretty efficient with the two or three hours I have left over, while I just get so tired of just being at the job because one is supposed to be on the job. Do share, I've got other reasons that I think job time is not well structured, this is just one. peace, revel.