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Work-Life Balance vs Chasing Paychecks

Hey. Is it feasible for individuals to chase two paychecks while maintaining a work-life balance? Well, that depends on various factors. Personally, unless it’s a side business or freelance endeavor, I find it unmanageable. By the way, in case I haven’t mentioned it previously, I’m presently in the process of relocating. Interestingly, on the very same day that I received confirmation of my move, I was also offered a position by a well-known brand—a role I had applied for two years ago.

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The new position, though it’s a permanent part-time, came with an enticing compensation package. I would earn my current salary while working only half the hours—a very tempting offer. Initially, I decided to decline due to the short notice. However, the hiring team quickly reached out, urging me to reconsider. They even willing to accommodate to my availability (as this is a part-time job). Persuaded by their enthusiasm and the opportunity to fulfill a long-held dream, I withdrew my declination.

This morning, I woke up feeling exhausted and began to rethink my decision to juggle two jobs. Despite the appeal of additional income (which I needed) and the flexible hours, I realized that the commute from Negeri Sembilan and the strain of managing both jobs might be too much. After careful consideration, I decided to give up my spot to someone who can fully commit.

When making the decision, I kept in mind that:
  1. I need to have a work-life balance
  2. I need to prioritize my mental health
  3. I need to ensure my primary full-time job performance remains unaffected
  4. I must avoid damaging my reputation at my dream company (for future opportunities) by committing only to find myself unable to continue and resigning halfway through.

This decision wasn’t easy, as it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I believe it’s the right choice for my long-term well-being and career. There’s a Malay proverb that says, “Orang tamak selalu rugi”. I could jeopardize my sanity just for the sake of earning more. And as a Muslim, I believe the ‘hikmah’ in turning down this position, is that it provides an opportunity for someone else who truly needs the job.

My advice…

Well, that’s that. I’m sharing it with the hope that it may assist others facing similar circumstances. My advice for now is, if you need extra income, consider exploring side businesses or freelance opportunities. Personally, if I were to pursue a side income, I’d also contemplate reviving my home-based pet sitting business, given its flexibility. However, due to limited space at my new home, this isn’t currently feasible. Nonetheless, I’m enthusiastic about focusing on my current role and maintaining my commitment to contributing to my new team. Here’s to embracing new beginnings and making mindful decisions for a balanced future!

Thanks for reading.