I have been at my new job just over 4 months. WOW, the time has flown. I can’t even begin to express how much this job has changed our lives and reduced so much stress for us. Even though they keep me busy, and there are times I seriously consider working on a Saturday to get ahead of the game a bit, it’s worth it.
But, I need to talk about the job I had before that and the biggest mistake I made when I worked there.
When I started my last job, it was in the middle of the year, July to be exact. That particular boss required we work there 1 year before we got a vacation. So, you would think that meant the NEXT July right? Wrong. Vacation time was allotted in January only, so I technically went 1.5 years with no vacation time.
Then my husband, the non-driving immigrant had several severe medical issues the first year I had vacation. Most of my vacation time went towards running him to the doctor or surgeries. I snuck in an extra day or two off for myself here and there, but I was absolutely at my limit.
I was starting to hate working there. It wasn’t necessarily the job or the people I worked with. But, every little thing was annoying me, I had little patience, and truthfully didn’t give a crap if I was late, put make up on, or came to work with wet hair. I did my work, but it was forced, so were the smiles. At the beginning of this year, as soon as possible I scheduled a week of vacation. I knew if I didn’t do it, I was going to flip my lid. I was ready to quit.
The earliest I was able to schedule a vacation was in March. I took one solid week away from the office. We didn’t go anywhere, we didn’t do anything. I still had to take my hubby to work every day because he had ZERO vacation time due to a job change, but I took vacation anyway. An amazing thing happened.
I had time alone. This is a rarity for me because my husband and I work the same schedule, and practically the same hours. We’re out of the door by 6:40 in the morning, and home about 4:30. Then it’s dinner, shopping, relaxing as much as possible, and back at it again.
But, I am the kind of person who needs some peace and quiet, some chill time just for me. That week gave me A LOT of chill time. Even better than the peace and quiet, it gave me the opportunity to appreciate my husband and a chance to MISS being around him a little instead of getting frustrated that my quiet time was interrupted. I also slept A LOT and I needed it.
I was able to work on household projects that I don’t normally have time or energy to work on. I spent some time sewing and organizing. I spent time writing this blog, reading and having Netflix marathons. I played with my dogs and they loved Mom time. They also LOVED going to pick up Dad from work every day. (Hey, furbabies can be spoiled too ok?)
When I went back to work, I was refreshed and recharged. The little things didn’t bother me so much anymore. I was more productive and had a better attitude. I zipped through my easy tasks and the hard stuff wasn’t quite as frustrating or hard anymore. I was able to push through things that weren’t my favorite and accomplish my tasks lists every day.
Let me advise you on this, and advise you strongly. Don’t waste your vacation time taking care of everyone else if you don’t have to. Take a FULL WEEK off of work, and not just long weekends. Take a week off with the family if you have one, but if you can take a week off alone, do that too. You need it and you deserve it.
When is the last time you took a vacation? What did you do?by