I would like to avoid working ridiculously long hours throughout the time up to when I hit retirement age. I don't mind working hard, and this article paints a picture that I accept, but one that I would like to avoid. I would also like to remain a physics major and use that degree for intellectual pursuits. How can I avoid the 60-70 hour work week? I could see doing 70 hour weeks here and there, but constantly? http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/the-results-are-in-scientists-are-workaholics/ I would like to use my physics major to do work that is intellectually stimulating to a decent degree. I find an interest in more fundamental physics. In fact, my way of thinking is what lead me to physics. I've got a bit of an obsessive compulsive and habitual drive to see everything in the most fundamental way possible, as precisely as possible. It's the conceptual aspect of physics that I love, but I feel like I might shoot myself in the foot with this way of thinking because I won't find satisfaction without getting to the deepest, most fundamental information I can possibly find, which is basically all non-academic physics. I say non-academic because academia appears to have massive loads of work being piled on from all directions. But anything else feels like an aside. It's like a itch. I don't know if I'd say passion. It's more like a compulsion. It's the only reason I'm still doing this. I sort of broadly visualize the study physics as a pine tree growing upside down, into the ground, with all sorts of branches of information and subjects reaching for more information. I'm interested in the tip, even though there are all sorts of other unknowns all over the place. But I don't want to end up sacrificing everything else to get there.