I did twelves forever, and really never had a standard 9-5 type job until I took this position in 2015. I was really nervous about moving to a mon-fri schedule, especially as a newly-single mom with two kids. Like, when am I supposed to go to the bank? It was definitely an adjustment period and it took me a while to figure out a new time management system.
My number one change was getting up at least 90 minutes before my kids, so I have quiet time for coffee and reading the news, and plenty of time to make sure the house is tidy and random chores get done *before* school and work. I also use my lunch break to make phone calls, answer emails, pay bills etc, sometimes go shopping.
I am lucky to have a ton of PTO, and I work 11-7 on thursdays so I can do appointments etc. Thank goodness for online banking and amazon
! And all those years painstakingly teaching my son to be a responsible human, despite his strenuous complaints, has finally paid off. 14 years old and not only can he clean the house from top to bottom- he can do it cheerfully. It's amazing.
Of course, once I adjusted, I started taking on extra projects at work for $$, and I also have a prn weekend job, 16 hour shifts once a month or so. There goes that work life balance haha. But it feels manageable because my normal weekly schedule is so nice, and it helps that I adore the work I do