There was a time in my life where I wondered what it might be like to a) be my own boss or b) work from home permanently. I’m currently getting a taste of the working from home opportunity and it has been eye-opening. I used to wildly claim that I would never want to work at home permanently. However, after three full months of it, I’m changing my tune. There’s a lot to love between having flexibility and minimizing in-office distractions. As we head into summer months though, I’m starting to notice one very obvious negative to it.
I know that this is in large part due to the pandemic, but because of these circumstances, we have very little to look forward to. Vacations and getting away from your home are at everyone’s own discretion currently. If you’re playing it very safe though, you likely don’t have anything on the books. In a way, does it makes sense to request time off when we have so much flexibility now? If so, does it feel justified? What do we do with that time in a pandemic?
With 4th of July just around the corner, this is top of mind for me. Originally, I had wanted to wait until I had had a win at work so that I could justify taking a couple extra days for myself. This isn’t always easy when you know that there are others that depend on you. I remembered though that over Memorial Day, I was lucky to have four days and that did wonders for my mental health and ensuring that I didn’t burn out. So while we may not be going anywhere, it’s helpful to remember that an extra “weekend” day is not a day wasted when it’s for yourself.