One work-life formula I have lived, liked and strongly endorse is this:
Part-time + Passion = Work-Life Satisfaction
“Part-time PLUS”—the shorthand label I gave it—is my way of framing the options available when you have a part-time “anchor job” (steady income, some benefits), plus the scheduling flexibility to pursue other passions.
It’s a perfect pairing if leaving your current position isn’t practical. While anybody could adapt it, if you’re a professional 50 years old or better, you’ll find it a way to craft a work life that has a retirement vibe. Expand your thinking with the Part-time PLUS possibilities below.
Peruse These Part-time PLUS Possibilities
PLUS New Learning: Arrange a 30-hour workweek and you can take off three hours on three afternoons a week so you can attend a continuing education class.
PLUS Volunteering: Take off four hours every Tuesday and Thursday morning to read stories to elementary schoolchildren or sort canned goods at the food bank.
PLUS Travel: Propose every other Friday off so you can have lots of long weekends for short-term getaway trips.
PLUS Relationship-Building: Work 9 to 4 (a shortened workday of six hours) to miss the morning and afternoon rush hours, with time to talk and relax with your spouse during your healthy breakfast.
PLUS Home Business: Work 24-32 hours a week so you can nurture your budding side business. This was my approach; eventually I was able to build WorkOptions to a point where I could leave my “regular“ job.
PLUS Family: Work 8 to 3 (a shortened workday of six hours) so you can be with your grandkids in the afternoon.
PLUS Caregiving: Extending the family category, you may need a shortened workweek or workday to attend to an elderly parent.
PLUS Fitness: Work a 10 to 5 schedule (shortened workday of six hours) so you can catch the morning exercise class.
PLUS Practical Matters: Take one more day off a week to handle the car tune-up, the overseas travel shots, the bone density scan, the cholesterol screening—well, you get the idea—so that your weekends are free of those mundane appointments.
PLUS a Lot More: Time with your friends and elderly parents; time for hobbies and home repair—there’s a long list of reasons to scale back at your current job.
What’s Your Path to Part-time?
- Consider your budget, your job responsibilities and your employer’s culture as you craft a suitable schedule.
- When redesigning your job position to part-time, realize you may have to adjust your desired schedule to better match the responsibilities of your job.
- If you want to scale back but your job is especially demanding or not suitable for part-time hours, consider job sharing as an alternative approach.
- Apply the suggested tactics to keep your salary reduction lower than the requested hours reduction.
- Take two minutes to start your proposal by copying this first-page excerpt from the Part-time Proposal Package.
“I am starting a part-time business on the side, but wanted to keep my day job…My proposal to cut my hours from 9-5 to 11-4 was a great success! The Part-time Proposal Package provided me with everything I needed to create a great proposal, one my bosses couldn’t refuse! Your proposal gave me the confidence to ask for a lot AND the ammunition to get it. Thank you.” Jill Giese, Account Executive (marketing/communications), Boise, ID
Remember, I’m available to answer your questions. Let me know how I can help you apply the formula.