It's so true.
I would work my workday, and then work at EMG until 7 on a good night or 9 on a busy night, and spend at *least* one day every weekend, plus whatever day(s) off I could wrangle out of the day job plugging away at the never ending EMG tasks. Now, I work until 5 and I'm *done.* I can sit down with Jake for dinner, and help make it, and play cribbage with him (and get beat), and working on the house isn't eating up my only free time.
I have *free time.* Real free time, unwinding of the brain, regularly, for the first time in possibly *years.* Not that I don't have tons of things to catch up on still, but now that's my JOB, and I get to shut it off and leave it behind in the evenings, instead of having ONLY evenings to squeeze it into. Mentally, there is SUCH a difference.
I have decided that I've got to do the art or writing before the EMG admin stuff, because there really is a heap of stuff to do, and art is still too much like fun; I can't seem to make myself stop working on EMG to 'work' on it when there are so many more urgent things to do. And since I'm sort of scattered and ineffective in the mornings working on EMG anyway, I think this will work out much better. I spent another hour refining Atlantis and worked on a 'zine illustration and I did some horse anatomy work and a test inking to see how I was going to do the mosssy/seaweedy growth on the Atlantis piece, so I feel very accomplished for 9:30 in the morning. (Usually I've only sucked down some coffee, stared blankly at the screen and agonized over how much I have to do by this time... maybe answered a few emails or made a list.)
Now, to the work part of things and my evil inbox!