CHAPTER 5

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LOW-RISK DOWNSHIFTING OPTIONS

What if we put in shorter hours and got the work done anyway? Don’t laugh. Some people are doing it.

AMY SALTZMAN1

GETTING THE LIFE YOU WANT

It has been said that the time we make available for work is infinite and the time for everything else is finite. True, isn’t it? We almost always make time for the job: we change schedules, postpone vacations, work late, or bring the work home. Somehow the job gets done, while the time for self or family is pushed aside or postponed.

If you are reading this chapter, I’ll assume you’ve decided to do something about work’s incursion on your personal life. From a broad perspective, you can take three different approaches to provide more time for yourself and family. ...

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