Reduced Hours. Feels Strange.



  • Bobinyorkshire
    Bobinyorkshire Forumite Posts: 115
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    I went to part time from full time in the NHS when I was 51 five years ago. It’s been so nice to enjoy the green spaces I love more often and when it’s quieter in the week. It’s also helped me prepare for full retirement mode; both in use of time and adjustment to money. Ironically, I also feel more valued at work. As I’m at work less, my time is targeted more toward the things my experience is more suited too (which is also the tasks I like more)
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Forumite Posts: 45,592
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    Adamc said:
    Savvy_Sue said:
    I went from school hours over 5 days to normal hours over 4. Would never do a f/t job again. 

    I'd be quite open about it: I needed to have a day during the week when I could be me, do my thing. But I found I needed to do stuff with others, so I joined a walking group.

    But where I work, people can be quite open about needing time away from a stressful job.

    I never got bored. 
    I think you're right. Everyone is so intrusive here though. They mainly want to know if I'm practicing privately which I'm not. 
    I can think of several possible answers ...


    No, why do you ask?

    Not that it's any of your business, but no

    No, I'm using that day for my own interests
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  • 74jax
    74jax Forumite Posts: 7,908
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    I worked full time in a huge ftse100, and due to my role (and because I wanted too back then) did evenings and weekends. I never switched off. 
    Pandemic hit, I quit and volunteered. Then the volunteering tapered off and I took up gardening (something I never did) and after a couple of months, wanted to tax my brain again so I went part time, in a no stress position, when I switch off the lap top I don't think of it till I open it the next time.
    I now full my spare time with gardening, meeting friends, I've just started volunteering for rnli so going through training and generally just doing what I want too. 
    I don't socialise with work colleagues, never have. My work is work and home life completely separate. I love my balance now. 
    Forty and fabulous, well that's what my cards say....
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