Okay, trading time for money is a very limiting way to make a living, and it's something I'd like to change. But this morning I was also thinking about all the time I spend on work-related matters that I don't get paid for.
No, I don't mean my employer is making me do unpaid work; that's not even possible in my job, where my work is inexorably tied to my location. But I commute ten hours every week. And because my work day starts fairly early in the day, I take breakfast as well as lunch, and I have to make sure it's all taken care of before I go. And because my work does not use much of my brainpower, I need to supply my iPod with a constant stream of audiobooks and music, downloaded from the Internet or transferred from CDs.
All of this takes a lot of time. As well as making sure I have appropriate clothing (and keeping up with laundry is a challenge in an unfinished house). All in all, I think I probably spend about fifteen hours every week getting myself ready for work and getting to work. That means I'm getting forty hours' pay for 55 hours of effort.
And frankly, that's a pay cut I can't afford.