• Adam Brace, over 9 years ago

    Jason, this is a fantastic article. I totally found myself fall victim to this. As a young designer I wanted to make a mark but I soon realized that the work I do in my spare time is as important as the work I do at my day job and realized that I needed to find the balance to allow me to do the work I care about rather then the work that was expected of me.

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    • Jason James, over 9 years ago

      Hey, thanks Adam, and thanks for reading. Glad it resonated with you.

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      • Adam Brace, over 9 years ago

        Yeah definitely, its good to question your habits and look at what you are doing to make sure you're making the best decisions you can as a professional.

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  • Isaac Paavola, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I agree wholeheartedly. Working extremely long hours is great if it's for YOU or your startup or whatever. Doing it for the company that employs you is a very unwise sacrifice to make.

    I used to have problems with this, now I give my company only what they pay me for, and channel all that extra energy and eagerness into learning new skills, personal projects, and side freelance.

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  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 9 years ago

    Nail on the head.

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  • Steve McKinneySteve McKinney, over 9 years ago

    Like everyone before you obviously I agree. I've never done this, although I've only been employed for 2 years in total, I've never had the will or want to work longer hours.

    I worked for a company that on my initial interview this was said "we don't do too much overtime it's the sign of a poorly ran company". I later learnt that it was very rare anyone left at finishing time.

    I value my personal time highly, you don't get enough of it.

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