How to have vacation mood all year around?

I recently had a discussion with my boss about my vacation. Don’t get me wrong it is nice to have the vacation, but I don’t have any urge or big relief when I go to vacation.

There is no need to escape from my work.

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from. –Seth Godin

When you do things that you want and like it does not really matter if you have vacation or not.

One week, two weeks or four weeks of vacation won’t change anything if you suffer in your work. Four weeks of escape against 48 weeks of prison?

You should build your work and life so that you don’t agonize in your work. That is only way to achieve work and life balance. It is your own responsibility, nobody does it for you.

You don’t always need to quit your job. It might be possible to have job of your dreams with your current employer as well. You just need to work towards it. It won’t happen today or tomorrow, but if you make small improvements it will happen.

Sometimes it is easier to find a new place for work or start freelancing, but those are big steps to take. It is easier to start small and try where you are now.

Is there anything to lose?

First thing is to find out what you really want and what is the sunshine for you.

You should answer following questions to get the positives of your work:

1. What do you like in your work?
2. What is “the thing” that makes you smile and really try your best in your work?
3. What would you like to do more?

Answer these questions to find out the negatives:

1. What is the absolute energy eater for you?
2. What would you rather not do?
3. Which tasks you would drop today if you could?

When you know answers for these questions start taking actions. Start shaping your work towards the dream job. Tell to your boss what would you like to do more. Show that you can, try to improve and educate yourself. Tell to others what you would like to do.

You could use Daily productivity habit form to track your goals

Be realistic. There is always crappy work. There is always tasks that you just do, but you would not do if you could choose. The point is to have more work on the bright side than on the dark side.

  • amyyoungmiller

    This is excellent, as always, Rami. Seth Godin is my hero.

    • Rami Rantala

      Thank you! When I started reading Seth’s posts I was skeptical, but somehow he manages to add a lot of wisdom to every short post he does.

  • Dmitri Eroshenko @Relenta

    That’s a good framework to use. There are many others. The problem is that knowing and not doing is not knowing. The key is to use it, and that requires tremendous mental discipline. Untrained mind can accomplish nothing.

    • Rami Rantala

      I have seen people to complain how their work sucks, but when I ask have they told anyone that you would like to do something else – they answer no.

      When I ask what you would like to do – they don’t know. The first thing is to find out what is the thing for you? What you would like to do sparkle in your eyes.

      (to be honest I have been in that condition myself 😉

      The most important thing in life is to learn to know what you want!

      Thanks again for your comment!

  • Dmitri Eroshenko @Relenta

    As far as getting that sparkle in your eye, I very much recommend…

    Flinch by Julian Smith (it’s free for Kindle)


    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

    They are lesser known than Prince Seth Godin but nevertheless very, very good.

%d bloggers like this: