Taking time off

Taking leave can be difficult when jobs are so intense these days.

Tired women at work

 

Half term seems to be changing. While half term dates have always varied in different parts of the UK, they’ve usually been more or less similar in England. Until recently. It started with the autumn term and now it’s crept into spring term.

At first I thought it was great. Two weeks when potentially things would go a bit slower in the midst of the busiest times – the September to December onslaught and the January to April meltdown [although the summer months are by no means a walk in the park these days]. But it turns out that half the country goes quiet for a week and then assumes everyone else is fully back on stream, meaning the ones who have the second half term are swamped with stuff and have to check their emails all the time if they are supposedly on leave.

There is a cumulative effect if you have a ‘portfolio’ career. Maybe I am only talking about my own situation, but preparing to take a couple of days off can seem more stressful than any of the potential benefits.

I have to go away for family reasons, but I’ve taken my laptop, my phone is fully charged and I’ve also got my xmas – work-related – present, headphones. This is because I have to do a meeting from the airport. There was no other way around it. The second day I have another one, potentially from McDonald’s.  It’s the test of fire for the Primark headphones.

Everyone and his aunt seems to have done a press release on news relating to working families this week, ahead of the Budget. The festival I’m working on is getting into the countdown phase and the other job I do has a big announcement this week. It was clearly a bad week to choose, if I had any choice in it.

I called this blog mum on the run, but i didn’t anticipate still running in my 50s. One day it may all calm down a bit and I will probably look back on the busyness with nostalgia. Maybe.



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