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Employment: Can We Ever Take A Break

Updated on March 18, 2013

Time Off

Imagine lying back on a private beach in the all together enjoying your favorite music and a great snack with a beautiful friend. Can you picture this? Try.

With all of our aspirations, dreams and goals is there ever a time when we can just stop what we're doing, even if only for a short time? Most people are locked down due to their educational and employment situations.Their family obligations. They only have certain times, if any to just forget what they're striving for and take a break.

In our busy lives today it seems the only time anyone ever really gets time off from anything is when they have to go in the hospital or something. And, even then you've got to figure you're in there for some reason. Maybe you've got to get well? Maybe it's going to take effort to do that? So I see that even having a sickness isn't a time we can actually say we're taking time off.

When can we then? It's a matter of making it happen I guess. It's not going to just happen. How then? One thing I can think about trying, is to change jobs. Only take some time between them to relax and get refreshed in some way. This of course takes planning and financial stability. So some of us have to wait patiently for an opportunity like this. Another way to try and make time stand still is just to ask for the time off to do whatever it is you've got on your mind. Maybe you have an invention you've always wanted to try and launch? Maybe it's your own business you want spend time on everyday?

You could always trade jobs with someone who's not sure about what she's currently doing. It's easiest to do this with two people who are self-employed. If taking time off on a full-time basis isn't something you can do, using little chunks of time is going to be the way to go for you. These are the times before and after work. At lunch time. On the train.The weekends. Spring Break. Christmas.Thanksgiving. Whenever you can be alone.

The only way to really take advantage of short breaks ,is to be thinking about and planning them during the time you spend doing the things you absolutely have to do. If you're doing a physical job let your mind wander just enough to make a plan for your time off that day. If your mind is occupied at work write things down during your mini 15 minute breaks. Make your plans despite not being able to think about them for to long. Doing this will help you distinguish between what you must do and what you have a choice to do. You will come to appreciate your off time so much more when you fill it with things you've planned to do. This way these things actually take place.You make them important.


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      John Fisher 5 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      The smaller computers get, the easier it is for us to take work with us when we go on vacation. Take a lesson, and leave the technology at home.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      You are so right. Too few actually take a break. And now with technology, when we do try to get away, work and everything else follows. Good observation for possible remedies.