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Jul. 7th, 2002 | 01:40 am

I was reading The joy of not working and realized that I've let societies expectations about vacations unduly influence me. I've been thinking that vacations require you to go to far off distant lands, when I want to spend some time nesting by making my apartment more comfortable and enjoyable place to be, or by exploring my neighborhood on my bike, or reading, or playing games, or learning to compost, or helping a friend write a paper on utopian communities.

I really should figure out how to work less... there's just far too much interesting stuff to do in life to spend it all working.

Though one of my greatest impediments to enjoying life is my fear at sharing my excitment about things I'm interested in. It rather limits my ability to get others to participate and share in my enjoyment. (I think being excited and passionate about something is one of the key things that gets others interested and involved in activities.)

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Lucky Tourist

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from: luckytourist
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 09:23 am (UTC)
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Being self-employed, I can basically work as much or as little as I want to. I usually choose to work less. But sometimes my work takes on a life of its own and starts piling up. Other times, I can't get enough work to pay the bills. Somehow, things usually end up working out. For the most part, I do enjoy my work. And that's important. Look for something you enjoy doing and it won't matter how much you have to work. So long as you can pay the bills....

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 12:14 pm (UTC)
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As jobs go I have a very good one, I have good control over my time and over what I'm doing. I even largely enjoy what I'm doing, but it's still a job, I still have to put the goals of the organization over mine. I still feel a responsibility to not waste their time and accomplish work related stuff instead of learning things completely unrelated to anything I'm currently supposed to be doing.

Basically working for a surviving doesn't leave me nearly enough time to follow my interests.

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Lucky Tourist

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from: luckytourist
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, you should look for alternatives. For instance, could you work less and still pay all the bills? Is there a higher paying job, or maybe another position in your current company, that would allow you to work less? Do you have a hobby or interest that could earn you some extra money so you don't have to work so much? If you look at the possibilities, you will see that there are things you can do to improve your situation.

I hope this helps! Good luck....

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I actually make more than enough, I just keep wanting increased security by having more cash in the bank, and also wanted a "just a few" more consumer goods. (Like my new bicycle.)

My current plan, is to use a bit vacation time and try a 4 day work week for a month and use some of that time to figure out if I could afford a 4 day work week.

Where I work is pretty flexable and so I think it'd work, I just have to get the courage to ask.

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Lucky Tourist

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from: luckytourist
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
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By all means ask, then! All that really matters in this world is one's happiness. If you need time and space to figure out what will make you happy, then there should be no hesitation. Of course, this is easy to say from where I'm sitting. I'm not the one that would have to ask for the time off. But so long as you give them enough advance notice, I don't see why it would be a problem.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 7th, 2002 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Mostly there's several workaholic types around, and so I'm a little worried of apperaing too much like a slacker. On the other hand, I'd probably be happier, and someone's gotta step forward and be willing to encourage the world to allow people more flexibility for the time vs. money trade-off

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