I Advise You To Vacate Soon And Often

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

I know your Summer vacation is coming to an end, and I was just wondering how it went.

I’m a bit of a workaholic, who has been called an overachiever mockingly by my coworkers, and I have quite an accumulation of personal time that I just never seem to use.

It’s not that I think work will fall part without me, but rather that I am so used to going at full speed all the time that I fear I’d be bored if I didn’t have forty hours of work to keep my schedule busy.

What are your Deep Thoughts on the need to take that vacation plunge?

Can’t Seem To Slow Down

vacation-2Dear Slow Down,

I’m sure you can tell what advice I’m going to dispense based upon the way I’ve truncated your signature in my greeting.

Let me first, however, address your question about my vacation.  It’s been a wonderful week and a much needed recharging of my battery.  I’ve gotten so much writing done, dove into a new book that I’m really enjoying, and I’ve been able to bond with the kitties as they adjust to their new home.  Thank you for asking.

I advise you to vacate soon and often.  Much like you, I allow work to become the focus of my week.  I schedule my life around work, but really should be living my life and letting work just be a distraction from that.

While it’s great to be a hard worker with a wonderful work ethic, where has that gotten you?  Have you gotten a raise lately?  How about a bonus?  Do the coworkers who mock you by calling you an overachiever get penalized for working less and taking more vacation time?  Would the company go out of business if you eased up on the gas pedal a little?

Schedule some vacation time when you go back to work on Tuesday.  I assure you that there are plenty of things to keep you busy while you are away from the office.  My favorite vacation activity is not going to work.  I know that doesn’t sound very exciting, but get back to me after you’ve done it for a week.

I promise you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend, and use it as a practice run on an extended vacation!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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14 Responses to I Advise You To Vacate Soon And Often

  1. Have you ever planned an elaborate vacation, and not been able to enjoy it, because you were too tired? I’m retired, don’t have job responsibilities, firmly believe in the KISS method, when it comes to vacations.

    • Austin says:

      The KISS method? Do you mean going on holiday with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, or just “keep it simple, stupid”? 🙂

      • I meant simplification, however, if one is so inclined, as to follow the garishly attired rock band–which I am not–that would be the way to go. I prefer Caribbean steel drum bands, fruit infused, cool adult beverages. It’s that “Don’t worry about a thing…everything’s gonna’ be all right” thing.

  2. susielindau says:

    I was on an island this weekend and am still vacationing in Northern Michigan. It’s been a nice break!

  3. howardat58 says:

    I read the title and I expected some advice about regular visits to the bathroom.

  4. frugoal says:

    Great advice Austin!

  5. markbialczak says:

    You again provided advice for a better life, Austin. Work hard, vacation easy!

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