Originally Posted by DeadFag
**** working anything other than the bare minimum required for survival.
proletarian labor exploitation and all.
After 25 years in the workforce, I finally arrived at that conclusion. I used to have something akin to a Calvinist work ethic and for years I regularly did in excess of 60 hours a week. After coming to the realisation that employers are NOT your "friends" , are rarely supportive, will rarely support your endeavours to better yourself and have no hesitation whatsoever in letting you know that they're doing YOU the "favour" by employing you - I have absolutely no hesitation in sticking it to the man these days.
Back to the original question. I would say if you are using work as means to an end and have a "prize" in sight i.e. it leading to your desired vocation or it bankrolling something near and dear to your heart, then if you're sufficiently motivated, there's nothing wrong in working as much as you see fit. If, however, you're working all the hours that God sends just to survive, you're consistently fatigued, have no personal life to speak of and are wondering exactly why you're doing this - then it's high time to step off the treadmill to maintain a work/life balance. It's become something of a cliche but it's absolutely true, no one on their death bed ever thinks about how they should have spent more time in the office.