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.