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Where Does Your Job Fall on Your List of Priorities?

I'm Asking: Where Does Your Job Fall on Your List of Priorities?

The BlackBerry and the iPhone are battling for number one, which means that we have two impressive options to keep us connected at all hours of the day. I'll admit that it can be difficult to tear me away from work at times, and my BlackBerry and laptop (gasp!) went camping with me last weekend. I know I'm not the only one that has issues with this, but I also know that you don't have to have workaholic tendencies for your job to be a high priority in your life. So, where does your job fall on your list of priorities? Somewhere between your relationship and your friends? Top or bottom of your list? Do tell!

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j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Dead Last. :WOOHOO:
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Since I don't actually have a job it's pretty low.
Meike Meike 9 years
2nd priority after married life.
gitwenty5 gitwenty5 9 years
High. I work in a schizophrenic industry (advertising). I'm in middle-management so I execute things, plan pitches and manage teams. I am a workoholic, working until 4 am at times so I climbed the ladder quite quickly. In the process, I lost a lot of things that are precious (like my health? I don't get fat because I'm so stressed out I burn anything I eat). Now I am realizing I have to step back and slow down a bit... more like hitting cruise control for a bit as I sort out my life, especially I'm already ahead of most people in my age group.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm not a workaholic by any means, but I DO have a great career and I enjoy it very much. It can be stressful and sometimes requires me to do work on my own time, but that's okay. And it pays the bills, so it's definitely pretty high up there on my priority list.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
work is a high priority, but i think it's healthy to create a separation between one's work time and free time. we all have days when we have to work late or put in a couple of weekend hours, but i prefer to focus fully on work while i'm there, then focus on the rest of my life while i'm not. i think i work more efficiently and happily this way, since i have time to recharge.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Within top 5...
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I definitely have a BlackBerry (for work) and an iPhone (for myself). It is pretty much assumed that everyone checks their BBerry a good amount of the time, and yes, this includes weekends. I understand though, because that's part of working at a law firm. However, since I am just a litigation assistant right now, lots of the e-mails aren't imminent urgent request for me. In three years, after law school, that will all change and I think that work will be an even higher priority.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
lowest of the low. that's why i'm always on sugar!
linb linb 9 years
My job is definitely important - it pays my bills. But luckily I have an amazing, stress free job that I can leave at the office. I don't even have internet access at my home.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 9 years
In my previous job, I had a Treo. I checked email from time to time but never while out at a social engagement. I have friends that check theirs during dinner or lunch - I find it so distracting! Now that I don't access work email on my phone, I'm much happier! I view work as a way the means to living my life - it is NOT my life. My family comes first as well as my happiness.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
Um, pretty low, which I why I am on this site at 12:57 PM! Ha
gooniette gooniette 9 years
Right now my job is a means to an end. It's not particularly fulfilling, but it pays the bills and I'm learning some things and studying so I can put more on my resume. If my fiance wanted to up and move accross the country to pursue his career goals, I'd have no problem quiting and going with him.
Ryot Ryot 9 years
Congrats, SkinnyMarie! I quit my job three weeks before my wedding, so I definitely sympathize! Work ranks near the top of my list, after my marriage but before my social life. Family emergencies take priority, but gripe-sessions with my sister can wait until I’m on my way home. Housework comes in dead last. I take my iphone with me everywhere, even on my early morning walk, but when we don’t have a pressing deadline I will definitely ignore email that comes in over the weekend. My husband I both work in the video game industry, which can mean a lot of long hours to get a game shipped. I can put in the hours when it’s needed (80+ weeks near the end of the product cycle), but try to keep it to 40 hour weeks the rest of the time. The most important thing, however, is that my husband and I have the same priorities, and very similar work environments, so we’re able to be supportive to the other when the long hours strike.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
Bottom. There's so much pressure here to take my laptop home, or work extra hours (our VP has made it clear that anyone leaving before 6 is a slacker), but I refuse. I do a good job whether or not I'm putting in that extra time. And honestly, what makes my life rewarding is not work - it's life outside of work. So it's a good thing our VP works at another site, because I can let my work speak for itself and not my laptop or work hour habits.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
My job falls pretty high, but I don't like to bring my work with my everywhere. If I am required to work late, then I will. But as of right now (wedding in less then a month) I am kind of putting work on the back burner. I obviously go and try my best, but my brain is filled with other crappola.
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