The whole sleep thing has been a dilemma for me for a long time. Most nights I go to bed around 11 or so. I have to wake up at 5:30 to get ready for work. So I get 5 to 6 hrs of sleep a night. Maybe. This is not enough, and I know it. I find myself falling asleep at work in the mornings. I continue the idiocy because the only way I get to do things like watch TV shows or play video games is by staying up late. Every day is packed right up until about 9:30. My wife and son go to bed, and I finally get ME time. This is not good for my health, my productivity at work, or anything at all. But it's just so frustrating to have no time to yourself except a few hours on the weekends. I suppose I could alternate a bit, and go to sleep earlier some nights, and stay up later on others. I'm not really sure what the answer is, but I most likely can't sustain this forever.
Gee. Do you work that far away from home or just working *that* long?? I know it's not as easy as sounds, but if the former, I'd seriously consider finding a new gig closer to home. I think that'd be my one stipulation for work, I'd need it to be close. I've wasted enough of my time/life just sitting on transit, and I'd make an honest effort to avoid anything over (at least!) 40+ minutes away.
And I'm sorry for your schedule. I can imagine the burnout, I've been there myself where "fun time" is...like the next to last priority in life --- and that's no way to live. I hope you can make/find some vacation time. Not to get all "platitude-y", but just think that *no one* on their death bed has said that they wish they spent more time at work. Make time for family, make time for you, make time for some good times.
Follow Bytor's haps right now. He's missing out on some "$$$" but is spending more time at a beach house! :D
My office is about a half hour away, so not far. I start at 7, but I'm not the type that can just roll out of bed and go. I leave work most days between 4 and 4:30, so I'm not putting in tons of work hours, even now during our super busy season.
I get home most nights 5:15 or so. I chat with my son about school, figure out and fix dinner, wash the dishes, then walk the dog. Maybe sneak in a walk around the garden. It's normally 7:30 by the time these things are done. I might then work in the garden for a half hour until I come in to deal with lunch-making, showering, and putting the wife and son to bed. Suddenly it's 9:30.
Rinse and repeat. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything. This is just how it is. My wife works weird hours, which is why I do so much. Plus, she's awful at cleaning, so I do pretty much all of it.
As you can see, when I DO have spare time, it goes towards my garden. No way would I be sitting inside gaming when I can be out playing in the dirt. I definitely get more time for entertainment type stuff in the Winter, though.
I have to admit that there is also an element of guilt involved. Like when I do manage to get some game time in when the family is awake, I feel like I should be doing things with them. Specifically, my son. We do lots of things together, but I always feel like I can do better. I'll often pick out a movie we can watch together, even though I really didn't want to. I kind of like it when he goes off and plays his 3DS for a while because it gives me an out.
Anyway, I've rambled enough. Time for bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz