Anyone else deal with this during vacations? Even when im off im checkin the work mail and thinking about work. Good luck taking more than five days off in a row or its CRAZY TIME
@mrangryface: I've never had that problem, even over weekends I completely shut off everything work. It's as if I return from a black hole on Monday. The only time I allow work to intrude on my free time is when the boss phones me directly and asks me to do something. E-mails can wait.
I went to DC last year for a long weekend for the first semi vacation I have taken in 5 years. I had a panic attack and my wife thought I was crazy.
This year I took a whole 5 days off and went to Kentucky and forced myself to forget.
Next year, I am taking 2 weeks off and will enjoy every second of it.
I stop thinking about work the moment I walk out the door. Vacation is part of your pay package..if you work during your vacation, you're talking a voluntary pay cut. If anything, I get irritated when I think about wasting my life at work when the end of my free time is in sight.
@mrangryface: I know the feeling, but I think the solution is being productive and positive with your free time, rather than just sitting around or just having fun. If you're able to clean your house, or buy and plant new plants, or do volunteer work, or SOMETHING that at the end of the day somewhat validates your existence, then it's been a good day, and you feel content, rather than feeling like a bum. Days where you do nothing for anybody, and just totally take it off are absolutely necessary every once in a WHILE, but for the most part, you can sleep/rest when you're dead.
Im a retail slave, when I walk out of those doors I do everything in my power to not think about work until I have to return. I refuse to give and co workers my cell phone or email so they wont contact me. Back when I worked at CVS I made the mistake of giving out my cell phone and I kid you not; There wasnt atleast 1 week that went buy that I wasnt being called by my boss to work extra shifts .
no joke almost every day off I was being called by my boss and being threatened to go in or else my hours would be cut. I ended up leaving that job for many reasons. Now I say I dont have a cell and when my boss calls myhouse and I dont feel like answering ill let it ring and call back like 4 hours later claiming i was out XD
Why would I feel guilty about not being at a place that exist primarily for my benefit? The way I see it is this; I want money so I work, when my hours are up for the day I don't work anymore. In part because it doesn't pay me money and in part because I don't define myself by what I do to earn money. I don't owe them anything. So I walk out the door and work isn't on my mind for 4 weeks, it's a bliss. But then again, I suppose there's a difference if you're working with something you're more invested in than I do.
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