The Perks of Being Out of the Daily Grind


I spotted this funny and very cute cartoon on my Google+ page this morning. I follow Hyperallergic and get their newsletter/email. I am not a “morning person.” One great thing about not having to conform to a regular work schedule of 9-5 or 7-3 or 8-4, which have been like some of my schedules in my past work life, is that I do not have to get up early. My income has decreased quite a bit but the perks have increased exponentially.

Let me list a few.

  1. I get to sleep in, if my husband does not wake me up. He is still an early riser.
  2. I can enter the fully awake state at my own pace. I normally become active gradually if left to my natural inclinations.
  3. I have the freedom to browse websites and newsletters like Hyperallergic at my leisure. This is where I get some of my inspiration to write on issues I feel strongly about or ones that I am passionate about.
  4. I can be more like the real me. Not forced to conform to the needs and desires of an employer.
  5. I can choose what I want to devote my energies to. Like writing, volunteer literacy tutoring, working with special needs kids, staring out the patio window contemplating nature or letting my mind wander.

I have discovered that not being chained to a full-time work schedule is worth more than all the gold I used to get paid to do it.

So there are things to look forward to when you are out of the mainstream workforce after all.


20 thoughts on “The Perks of Being Out of the Daily Grind

  1. LifestyleswithLia

    I read this post with a big smile… I’m glad after years of the daily grind, you’re now able to enjoy life by your terms… And without an alarm clock or time clock to dictate when and where!
    I look forward to that day myself!
    Cheers to you and enjoy!

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  2. Kelly Grace

    Oops, I hit post comment before I was finished commenting. Wanted to say I love your header photo. Now that you’ve been unshackled and set free from the 9 to 5 routine you’ll have plenty of time for more photography and mind wandering. I’ll have to check out Hyperallergic.

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