It’s 10:39 P.M.

by Ginger on January 3, 2013

in The 9-5, Working Mom

It’s 10:39pm. My husband is downstairs asleep with a nasty cold. My kiddo is fast asleep, after a hard couple of days reintegrating to the rigors of preschool. And I?

I just got done working.

Work has been crazy lately, with a lot of really big projects all hitting at the same time. I’ve got a pretty raging case of imposter syndrome going on, but I don’t have time for questioning my ability or knowledge of how to do my job because I’m too busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to cover it all. My brain hurts at the end of the day, some days more than others depending on which project I’ve spent more time wrestling that day (anything related to Apple or Amazon makes me feel like I’ve run a marathon while having to do astrophysics. Mostly because they’re both pains in the ass). I have more work than I can complete in a day, every day.

But three (and soon to be four) days a week, no matter what else is going on, I leave my office at 4:30 to pick my little boy up from preschool. And when we get home, we have dinner together, we play together, we do bedtime together. No matter how much work I left on my desk, no matter how full my email is, no matter what the deadlines are, the evenings are for my family.

Of course, once the little man is in bed, work sometimes requires that I pick the laptop up, and dive back into my email, dive back into the deadlines, dive back into the crazy. Which is how it gets to be 10:39pm and I’m just finishing working.

nonsequiturchica January 4, 2013 at 6:25 am

I think that it is fantastic that your work allows you to leave at 4:30 and then work later at home. Although it stinks that you have work later on that night to do, it’s nice to have that flexibility so that you can spend time with your son.

cliffie January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

It’s great to have flexibility. It also requires staying constantly on guard of your time and the company’s expectations. They don’t really know what your load is until you tell them or until there is a problem. All they see is that it is getting done, you are great, let’s give her more cause she gets it done. When it starts to take over your life, make sure they know. And make sure that they are aware of your workload so that you are fairly compensated for what you do.

Cloud January 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Oh, I’ve been there! Not with the Apple and Amazon problems, obviously, but with the equivalent things in my world.

I think it is sort of sad that leaving work at 4:30 after an 8 hour day with the option of working more at night is considered “flexibility” and something to be grateful for! Not that I’m saying anything against the other commenters, since I agree that this arrangement- which, incidentally, I also have, except I leave at 4:30 everyday- is considered a perk in our society. Honestly, we’ve lost our collective minds about work. But I won’t start ranting about that here. You’d never shut me up!

Christa the BabbyMama January 11, 2013 at 7:34 am

I’m starting a business. While trying to get more freelance work. With a baby on my hip. You better believe I sympathize!

Classic NYer January 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

It’s been my experience that if I don’t feel like an impostor, the job is way too easy.

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