No Vacation Goes Unpunished

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on November 15, 2017 in Remote Working

Tom Kerr writing on vacation from the workplace…

A recent survey disclosed that half of all employees in the U.S. cannot finish their work in the time allotted to them.

You just shrug your weary shoulders and accept this tyranny of time as the new normal.

Everyone knows that corporations deliberately assign more work than you can possibly complete during an eight-hour day. Many people who have nine-to-five jobs work at least 50 hours a week…and the math doesn’t add up when payday comes, either. You aren’t adequately compensated, acknowledged, or appreciated.

But don’t complain too loudly, or they’ll replace you with somebody willing to suffer along in silence.

I used to leave vacation days on the table every year. I needed a break, but couldn’t afford to be away from the office. I knew how far I’d fall behind…and how much stress that pile of work would cause when I got back.

I hung a sign in my cubicle that said, “No Vacation Goes Unpunished.” Coworkers chuckled, but we all knew it was no laughing matter.

Then I started hearing the term “stay-cation”, meaning a vacation spent at home. The HR department touted the benefits, explaining that it was cheaper and more relaxing. But I knew it was a sneaky way to make you stay home. That way you’d be easier for your boss to reach, and you’d be more inclined to do work you never have a chance to finish at the office.

You can try to convince yourself that staying home saves you the headache of packing and the hassle of traveling through a crowded airport. But deep down inside you know how much you love to pack and go. You always return rested and rejuvenated…with snapshots of the beach, the ski resort, the cruise ship or sailboat, or your jaunt across Europe.

But nobody decorates their cubicle with souvenirs and picture postcards from their favorite stay-cation.

I was tired of being manipulated and cheated in the name of career advancement. So, I quit that corporate scene and started working for myself.

Ever since then I’ve been able to make more money working fewer hours, while staying home with no office politics, overbearing bosses, or deadlines. If I get the urge to travel, I just grab my laptop – which is my portable office – and hit the road.

I stay as long as I want, wherever I want…and complete my paid assignments from coffee shops and pubs, beaches and hiking trails, or ski resorts and lakeside docks.

Anyone can do it…

A burned-out stockbroker I knew liked trout fishing on weekends, so he became a fishing guide – financially secure and happily fulfilled. I recently met a computer programmer who transitioned out of that boring career to make more profit growing micro-greens in his suburban neighborhood. Next time you go to a wedding, observe the photographer at work…they’re earning more in a single afternoon than most people make in a week.

Researchers have found that the average person who develops a sideline income makes about $10,000 a year from it…and a significant number of those earners are well past the age of 60.

If the average person can earn that kind of money on the side, just imagine how much you could haul in as a full-time freelancer.

Instead of developing ulcers and high blood pressure doing what you loathe, you could do something you love…

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