January 9, 2018
So during 2017 the Anual Open Enrollment period that goes from 10/15- 12/07 didn’t technically start early by any means because that would be going against the federal government or some such thing as that, but people certainly started calling about three weeks before the official start date to begin calling. My hours really ballooned starting at the end of September going from 40 hours a week, up to a maximum of 76 hours a week. It was super crazy and exhausting.
My work week looked very much like this, but with some breaks, during the day as legally allowed, of course:
Sunday: 7:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
Monday- Friday: 4:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M.
Saturday: 6:00 A.M.- 5:00 PM.
This was my work schedule for the entire 8 weeks period. In the middle of November, I even came down with a fever for three days and had body aches, a headache, nausea, and vomiting. I pushed through though; no rest for the wicked. This time of the year is the busiest, most beneficial time of the year for making money. No way was I going to pass it up because I got sick. Knowing that it was a temporary situation to a permanent solution.
Over my desk, I had a calendar where I was counting down the days until it was finally completed. Next, to the calendar, there was a list of things that needed to be accomplished with that extra money, more specifically paying forward rent for the first 4 months of the year, and also putting more payments on the car, want that payment finished by May at the latest.
Even though it is the middle of January, it is now the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period that goes from 01/01- 02/14 where people are signing up for prescription drug plans as well as the time where all the new members call in with follow up questions about their plan for the new year. So the overtime is still very steady throughout the week. 60 hours each week.
If these hours keep going as they are for the rest of the year and there are no unexpected hiccups, we will be able to make it financially.
Bring it on, 2018!
See you on the other side!