RP Men with long days, what’s your schedule? (self.asktrp)

submitted by tanner22

Let’s face it, not all of us have a job where we get to go in at 10am. Being in a trade, I just got a job about an hour away from my place, working 12 hour days. So men with long hours, what’s your day look like?

[–]mr_buffalo 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Indepent contactor here. I work 70 hours a week. I dont keep a schedule. My body gives out when it gives out

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My body gives out when it gives out

Real stuff right here. Mad respect, brother.

[–]ScratchinCommander 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Do you manage to keep a healthy lifestyle? And by that I mean at least eat some healthy foods and not drink/smoke? Curious because when I'm on 12hr shifts especially midnights, I feel like I'm slowly beating the fuck out of my body.

[–]alt41510 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Cant be healthy.

[–]1atticusfinch1973 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Personal trainer here. Own my own gym too.

Wake up 4:30/5am. Typically first client at 6am. Work until 11am have a break where I deal with staff things/programming. Start again at 3 and work until 7, sometimes 8. In evenings I either have social stuff or can relax but if I'm relaxing I'm in bed by 9.

My long days though only happen 3 days a week. I do take careful control of my schedule to not burn out. 2 days a week I work only 6am-12pm. But then I have two kids part time as well.

[–]Code3LI 10 points11 points  (4 children)

If you dont mind me asking, where do you get client leads from? I have a small side business for personal training at home. The home gym is legit, not just a bench and some rusty plates.

I've tried social media advertising, less generation sites/apps, business cards, flyers, etc. None of it has done much of anything. My clients I have now are people I have known from the past or are a referral from a friend... that's really it.

[–]TriadTrees 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Of my friends who was a personal trainer would talk to managers at apartment complexes with gyms and pitch to them. I don't think he really offered them anything in return but it makes the managers look good imo putting on events and trying to get residents in shape.

People in upscale apartments don't want to travel to the gym so it's better for them. And you can offer a better rate (if you choose) because you aren't paying gym fees

[–]1atticusfinch1973 1 point2 points  (2 children)

95% of my business comes from referrals. But I've been in the game for a long time and have a good reputation. I networked HARD and hustled for 2 years to get started so that I was comfortable full time. Outside advertising doesn't really do much in my opinion. Someone hiring a trainer is going to ask people who they know.

[–]Code3LI 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah, I have gotten some referrals, but I was hoping there was another way to generate leads elsewhere to find new people. I'm kind of stuck at the moment with the people I have and that's it. They've given referrals and I've gotten a client or two from them, but others who say they want a trainer and get the referral to me never contact me. I assume such people arent motivated enough to even contact me.

What stinks is that I lost around 4 clients in a month, which was half of them (this is a part time thing for me). A couple cancelled six - yes, six - sessions in a row. Another guy was doing quite well and then stopped showing randomly, citing he "forgot" one day and then stopped coming... I think he had legal trouble due to his own business. And another girl had to stop coming due to family issues. It was a big hit to me overall, even though it was a lot of work on top of being a dad, working full time, etc.

[–]1atticusfinch1973 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One thing you can focus on is not taking just any client on. Learn to really assess if the person wants to be there and has long term potential.

For example, poor student? Next. Someone who says up front they want a program and then do a session every six weeks? Next. Spouse talked them into buying training or they got it as a gift? Next. Job that requires weird hours or lots of possible cancellations? Next.

High paying job? Check. Wealthy and retired? Check. Lonely single person? Check. Flexible schedule? Check.

I do a very thorough screening and it prevents a lot of the flakes and short term clients. Most of my clients are with me for 2+ years as a result.

[–]tanner22[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Did you build this routine over time? Or start with it from day 1?

I’m trying to set my routine to where I won’t burn out like you said, but when you’re traveling an hour for work then working a 12, it’s gonna take some discipline and getting used to.

[–]infamous3238 29 points30 points  (11 children)

Work in finance. Up before 6am every morning, in by 7am. Work until 6-7pm, then hit the gym and grab dinner. Get back around 9pm and unwind a bit before bed, try to sleep by 10pm. I’m resigned to the fact the weekdays are for work and sleep, the weekends are mine to do what I want.

[–]Ramo029 33 points34 points  (8 children)

You don’t care that you pretty much don’t live 5/7 days of the week? I’m sure you have friends and good times at work, but does it really not feel mentally taxing that you aren’t pursuing a passion and that you’re a wage slave (I assume, unless you work for your own firm and not for somebody else)

[–]infamous3238 49 points50 points  (2 children)

I’m fine with it for now given:

1) I’m in my 20s and know the hours gradually improve over time. 2) My work is mentally stimulating and I enjoy what I do. 3) I earn six figures and am able to put a decent amount of my income towards debt repayment/savings.

In short, I’m setting myself up for a more comfortable life in my 30s, at the expense of a worse life in my 20s. There’s payoffs to everything in life.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do so that later on in life, you can do what you want to do.

[–]jackandjill22 1 point2 points  (3 children)

He makes money I couldn't understand working like that if you're job has no prospects for improvement but it's a finance job.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Well, the way I see it, it's justifiable BECAUSE there's prospects for improvement. It's not going to be that way forever; grind now, put in all the hard work now, and you can spend your 40s and 50s living like a King. Also, you'll have a more highly respected position in your 30s with less hours/workload to put in as well.

[–]jackandjill22 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It doesn't work that way dude.

A. People try to take advantage of your youthful energy for their own business investments & because you're in a particularly vulnerable financial position they know you don't have a choice. B. Many companies or positions have a glass ceiling. C. When you're older more people respect you.

  • You've lost it if you think that it's just a some bootsrapping work in your 20's that leads inevitably to success. Way too rosey a picture.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You make good points.

I'm not saying the dude has it perfectly planned out, I'm just saying it makes sense why he does what he does. He does love what he does for a living, so what alternative plan would you suggest he follow?

[–]cubicpolynomial3 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How do you unwind in just an hour? It always takes me so much longer.

[–]ArdAtak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This actually not a bad routine / mindset. I've had this mindset since college and it served me well.

[–]Rognin 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I work up in a diamond mine in northern Canada. I do 14 days on 14 days off. Wake up at 0330, get into work at 0400 and work until 1630-1700. Change, go to the gym, shower, eat and go to bed at around 1900. Rinse and repeat for 14 days straight.

When I get home for my 14 days off there is at least one or two days where I just change from one pair or pyjamas to another fresher pair.

[–]reditsdf23423 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Im reading a book called why we sleep by matthew walker. Can highly recommend. Dont skip your sleep, you will pay for it later.

[–]NoAARPforMe 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Corporate engineering job and own small business. 62 years old, married, kids grown and out of the house.

Up at 5AM to workout home gym (lift heavy weights). Then work at home for an hour.

8AM-5PM corporate engineering job. I have automated some of my engineering job so I can spend some of these hours on my business. Staff position, I am responsible for no one and I have very little direct supervision. I am very good at what I do and provide measurable results.

Go Home. 5:30PM - 7:30/8:00PM work on small business/relax. Dinner with wife around 7:30PM (meals already prepared for the week).

9PM - 11PM - work and conversation with wife. 11PM - bed 5AM...rock and roll all over again. Keto way of eating. You have to enjoy what you do....play hard on the weekends.

[–]pollodustino 3 points4 points  (9 children)

Just landed a job doing 4-10s, so I'm up at 5AM Monday through Thursday, work 6-4:30. Once a week I also teach at my old college, so that day I'm working from 6AM to 10PM, with a couple hour-long breaks in between.

It's not all constant work, though. I came from an auto dealership, where I was paid by how many hours I flagged, not by how many hours I was on the clock, so I learned to hustle. This job is a fleet gig, paid salary. I'm actually bored half the time now, because the pace is so much slower than what I spent the last ten years doing at the dealership. I actually kind of miss the faster paced world of flat rate, but the benefits and three day weekends are so much better, and I'm eventually going to be doing more interesting work on bigger and heavier equipment once I get into the groove of the new job.

I'm trying to get back to the gym. My new job has one on site, so I'm in the process of getting a locker and will be hitting it after work ends. Also trying to get a weekend schedule going too.

My days off I tend to sleep in until 7 or 8, then get up and do household chores. I like yard work and cleaning in the garage, so that's where I spend most of my time. Hang out with the girlfriend at night, work on projects, tinker at my off-site workshop/storage unit, stuff like that.

[–]Granite_Pill 6 points7 points  (12 children)

I also work a trade, but I just landed a job where my schedule is more relaxed. I wake up anywhere from 03:30 to 06:00.

I either run, yoga, or do homework early in the morning, time allowing. Sometimes gym.

I have to be at work by 07:30 and can expect to spend up to an hour just sitting in traffic to get there. I usually get off at 16:00 and sit in traffic for 1-2 hours on the way home. I use this time to listen to audiobooks, lectures, or podcasts.

Then when I get home, if I have time, I do homework or side project stuff.

Then I have class from 19:00 to 21:30.

After class, some nights I go to the gym. Sometimes I will stay in the gym until 02:00 in the morning just because. Either that's the only time I can get in there or I'm having such a good time, I don't want to leave. I actually hate going to the gym though.

Nights I don't gym, I go running or biking. And if I don't do that, I do homework and study.

Some Fridays after work, I will go have a few beers and shoot pool with my coworkers. Sometimes I go out and do other things.

Weekends I will do some endurance sport or just relax. Maybe do a thorough leg day. Or do some side projects or chores.

I don't watch TV, I don't play video games, I don't have facebook, instagram, none of that shit. I avoid processed foods and bread for the most part. Next year, I'm going to get off reddit. I use it now because I'm doing homework and it's a distraction that's just there, but I'm going to end it and get off all social media forever, except for business reasons.

I only eat once or twice a day or every other day. I only get 3-6 hours of sleep on weeknights. Machines don't need to eat or sleep, so I try to avoid it, but eventually it catches up to me. I have learned the Art of the Power Nap.

But I'm not married and I don't have kids so I'm free to live like this.

[–]the13thzac 22 points23 points  (8 children)


It kinda sounds like you're gonna die early.

"I only get 3-6 hours of sleep on weeknights"

"I only eat once or twice a day or every other day. "

[–]jcdaniel66 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He's gonna die anyway. Just speeding the process

[–]ArdAtak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I picture a skeleton with ball sacks under his eyes.

[–]Granite_Pill 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Most body builders die in their 50's.

[–]the13thzac 9 points10 points  (0 children)

But you hate going to the gym.

Why do you choose to live like this?

No flame or hate, genuinely curious

[–]the13thzac 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Also how are you not eating but are a bodybuilder? You should be eating often. It’s one of the most important parts.

As well as sleeping.

[–]Granite_Pill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not a body builder. Just pointing out that most body builders die in their 50's. If you're not doing hard labor or working out 8 hours a day, then you don't need to eat that much. More sleep would be nice, but it's whatever. When I do eat, I eat well.

[–]360_no_scope_upvote 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Lol, ya just had to pull shit out of your ass

[–]Casanova-Quinn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's not true. A few have died young, but many have not. Arnold, Franco, Zane, Samir, Haney, Platz, etc. are beyond their 50's and alive still. Larry Scott and Sergio Olivia died in their 70's.

[–]jackandjill22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alot of trade workers. May I ask why you're adverse to social media & what usage counts as business reasons?

[–]throwitdownman 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Pretty packed schedule. What do you do about friends asking for your time to meet up?

[–]Granite_Pill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Easy. I don't have any friends! Haha, I just moved to a new city. I don't really know many people here yet. I only go out every so often. I will gladly make time to go out if somebody invites me somewhere. I usually just make time to go. I've gotten to the point I enjoy being busy, as long as I get my work done, I don't feel guilty about going out. I'm just busy, not a hermit.

[–]RunawayGrain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Up at 4:00 A.M.

Hit the Gym by 4:15 A.M.

Work out until 6:45 A.M.

Get back to home office or start the commute to the regular office at 6:45 A.M.

Work until 5:00 P.M. or later.

Meditate around 8:30 P.M.

Bed around 9:00 P.M.

Rinse and repeat Monday through Friday.

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[–]nobodyinparticu1ar 2 points3 points  (1 child)

goddamn this is nice. how do I get into the field with a business degree

[–]alt41510 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Used to work a physical labor job 5 am to 530 pm, mon-fri occasionally sat. Never again. I remember how fucked up my body was after 2 years. My diet was shit, cuz who can meal prep for a 12 hour day, then go home and cook. I used to be pale, sickly thin, and lose hair. I was only 23 when i started.

Best decision i ever made was quit. I used the experience i got working that job to get a higher paying 9 to 5 job.

If its for a short while to get exp, or youre using it as a stepping stone id recommend it, but not long term in my own experience.

[–]redpharma7789 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Military here. I work in a Training Centre where the work tempo is always changing.

On busy days, I wake up at 5:45am. Shit, shower, shave... then I eat breakfast. I’m at work by 7 am. We don’t really start working until 9am so we just dog-fuck around doing nothing.

The end of the day sometimes has no defined time. We only close whenever all weapons are locked back up, and sometimes the Instructors re-run an exam or evaluation because someone failed... but they aren’t supposed to. I can finish at 5, 7... hell even 10 at night.

Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be let loose until the weapons lock-up, where I can workout, maybe so laundry, etc.

[–]jackandjill22 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)