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“Steve, what do you do with all of your free time?”
I dedicate this section to my father in law David, and all of my close family that constantly put up with my general wackiness.
My father in law David likes to jokingly ask me: “Steve, what do you do with all of your free time?” It is a joke because I am known as a workaholic. I often bring my architecture work home with me and most of my hobbies focus on art and architecture: painting, photography, blogging and now authoring. From the outside, it would appear that I do not have free time.
"You have to work on a Saturday?"
Another common occurrence is when I tell a friend or family member that I have to work over the weekend. “You have to work on Saturday?” they will say in utter amazement. To some, the idea of working over the weekend is just baffling.
It is not that I don’t have free time, it is that I love what I do. My motor is fueled by creating things and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do the things I love. (Some of which I get paid for!)
Even as I sit here on this Sunday morning typing at my computer, I look outside and see a perfect 80-degree Spring day. The idea of me typing at a computer while the world is happening outside may seem depressing to people. What kind of life is that?
I will be the first to admit that I am a bit of a wackadoo but this is who I am. I can’t turn it off. For some people it is fly-fishing, for others it is gardening, and some spend their free time playing video games. But for me it is art, architecture and writing.
I think architects often forget that working overtime is not the norm. The long hours begin in architecture school and carry on into the profession. As an architect, you will be faced with many tough choices and one of those will be: Should you work overtime?
This overtime question is studied in the next two sections: