Everybody is different. We all have unique lifestyles and philosophies, and most of them are accepted as personal choices. Why then, when it comes to our professional life, do so many of us regard working full-time as the default standard? Isn’t the number of hours one wants to devote to work a personal choice too, and an extremely crucial one at that?
If like me, you are one of the people who want/do work part-time, you have probably felt that you are lazy, weak, demotivated, etc. Whether these feelings are because of society or your inner critic, know that they aren’t true. You have nothing to be ashamed of. And no, you don’t have to be differently abled or expecting to be “allowed” to avail of this choice.
Unfortunately, we live in times where maximum busyness and productivity have become a glorified way of life. Anything lesser is an abomination, a sign that you aren’t hustling, that you are wasting your life. Honestly, working longer hours doesn’t make anyone better than those who put in lesser hours, and vice versa.
What’s important is doing what makes you feel sane, happy and fulfilled, whatever that might be. So, if more free time is what satisfies you and/or staves off depression, burnout, stress, etc, working part-time is what you should do. Conversely, if you are happiest in a full-time gig, that’s awesome too. We must live our own truth, and respect each other’s choices. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
PS This isn’t a “millennial problem”, nor is it something unrealistic. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what Mohit Satyanand has to say. Let’s put our health and happiness above what society deems normal or acceptable. That’s the least we can do for ourselves, right?