Yes, it is.
I gained six hours this week. Well, not yet...but I will. And when I do, I will have six extra hours every week.
You see, I accepted a new job which will start on September 1: a job which will allow me to telecommute two days a week (meaning 6 fewer hours of commute time). Six hours might not sound like a significant change to you. For me, it will change my whole world.
The change means six more hours a week to work in my garden...or write my book...or spend with friends. It means that on Friday mornings, I can once again meet my elementary teacher peeps for breakfast and still be to work on time. It means 14,500 fewer miles on my car each year (and lots of money on gas and service). This change enables me to not have to take a vacation day so I can meet the plumber to fix my toilet (after 5 months of not working properly). I don't have to wait weeks to pick up my birthday gifts at the post office because I can now get there before 5 p.m. I can tell local schools that I am available to volunteer at after school events (or be there for early morning tutoring). For two days each week, I don't have to come home with a tension headache and completely fatigued from dealing with traffic. I won't have to pay bridge tolls or parking.
Some of the change is sad. For the first time in my career, I won't be working in the sciences. My role will be tangential to them---as well as every other k-12 content area. I will greatly miss the people I've been working with for years. I will also miss my current job---I really do love the work I'm doing, but the supervisor will not entertain my need for six more hours to have a life. When faced with a choice between an amazingly wonderful job (and no life) and a job I hope to grow to love (and have something of a life)...I picked having a balance. It's not a happy choice for me, but I feel like it is the only one I could make.
If the housing market was different...if the economy and job opportunities were different...if I had a spouse at home to take care of all the other of life's duties while I was away...then I might have other solutions to the 6-hour issue. But I can't operate under those uncertainties any more than I can in a job environment that insists I live an unhealthy lifestyle. I have to respect myself more than that. And with six more hours a week, I will.