People often react with jealousy when I tell them I only work three days a week and I work those days from home. The reality is, a compressed work week is exhausting. Wed/Thurs/Fri I work from 6am to 6:30 pm. 12.5 hours three days in a row. Sure I get two days “off” but I find I usually spend the weekends with the family and Mon/Tues just doing nothing and recovering.
Oh, and working at home? Sure, there’s no hour commute each way. If I have to go into the office, I’m up at 4am and not home until after 7pm. However, if I go in the office I get up and visit with folks, go outside for 2 or 3 breaks, and always take a lunch. When I work at home, my butt usually seems to sit in my chair for 12.5 hours without moving (ok, I DO go to the bathroom, but I sure don’t take breaks or lunch)
I’m an escalation manager for a telco. This means 12.5 hours of pissed off customers because their wireline phones, wireless phones, internet, or IT products are not working. If it’s not a pissed off customer, it’s a major outage (IE: Prison, 911 system…). It’s a pretty stressful job on the best of days.
With the changes for the rules in banked vacation/holiday/personal time brought in this year, I have a lot of “use it or lose it” time. However, as it’s now November there’s not a lot of opportunity to take two weeks off without crippling the team.
My solution? I’m taking one day off a week for the rest of the year. That’s right, I’m now working TWO days a week. I am, however, bound and determined to make that day off a Me Day. I won’t do housework, I won’t veg out at home - it’ll be a day for me.
I started off my first day off (today) by going out to Elbow Falls. Halfway to the Rocky Mountains from the city, this gem sits in the foothills. No cell service, no noise. I spent 3.5 hours there today just playing with my camera and even took half a roll of film shots.
Project Me Day is off to a successful start. Though pretty darned tired, it’s a different… a GOOD tired.
The next few weeks are going to be good for me.
In other news, starting in January we’re losing the compressed work week and going back to 7.5 hours a day M-F. I’m kind of looking forward to it… We may lose work from home, THAT I’m not looking forward to, but what can you do.
soupsoup “I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” Will said. “I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”
After asking his parents whether it was against the law not to stand for the pledge, Will decided to do something. On Monday, Oct. 5, when the other kids in his class stood up to recite the pledge of allegiance, he remained sitting down. The class had a substitute teacher that week, a retired educator from the district, who knew Will’s mother and grandmother. Though the substitute tried to make him stand up, he respectfully refused. He did it again the next day, and the next day.
May youth like this grow to be our leaders tomorrow.
I am a tumblrphile who runs hot and cold. I go from post post post to nothing nothing nothing. Oops.
In the news this week, Mom’s doing great but just awaiting a surgery date for her Mastectomy. We thought it was going to be Friday (take THAT those who bitch about Canadian Health care… diagnosis to surgery in 7 days) but the doctor had an emergency come up. We’re now waiting to hear when it’ll be - he expects this week.
I’ve registered for another winter semester at Mount Royal College for photography courses. This time, i’ve got two friends in it at the same time so that’ll be fun.
All my gear was replaced from the robbery and I’m figuring out the new stuff.
My middle moved back home after a whopping 3 months out on her own. She discovered being a University Student, Working, and keeping a house WAS as hard as her mommy told her ;) She finds the whole thing bitter-sweet - it’s nice to be home and not have to worry about paying for laundry, paying bills, keeping a house… but it’s hard to have had a taste of that freedom then have to return home.