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Sometimes working a few jobs all at once gets very tiring.  There are times when you just need A DAY to goof off.

Last week I had such a day-sort of.  At least it felt as if I had one.  As with most writers-I have a totally unrelated day job that affords me the privilege of doing my free-lancing.  Monday through Friday, 9-5, I sit at a desk, a computer screen opened up to several different applications, phone attached to my ear and I try to help people correct some horrible, sticky plumbing mess they've gotten themselves into.  

Before I get there and after I come home I moderate two discussion boards on a major magazine, write a bi-weekly cooking column, book reviews and feature articles for one woman's website, a bi-monthly column for another woman's website, do my own column and do health and fitness features for a major local newspaper.  Plus-let's not forget I am a domestic goddess, wife and grandmother extraordinaire.

Last weekend was a holiday-one that my "day job" employer pays us to take off.  I found myself on target with most of my writing-so I did the unthinkable-I SLEPT IN ALL 3 DAYS.

Yes, I didn't get out of bed on Saturday until 8 a.m.  Sunday and Monday-I didn't budge until 8:30!  Talk about being decadent!  Woo Hoo!

I took Sunshine (our 12 year old lab mix) on a mile long hobble each day.  I sat on my La-Z-Boy recliner with my feet up and watched most of the NCIS Memorial Day Marathon.  Heck, I took a vanilla-scented bubble bath smack in the middle of Saturday afternoon.

Not that I neglected anything.  I read and reviewed the most boring book that I've ever been given the task of doing.  Wrote all the columns I owed for the week, sent e-mails out to several possible interview subjects for upcoming articles and dodged the various gawking families at Costco during the Sunday "feed you and your kids free" time.

What I enjoyed was that I didn't feel rushed the entire weekend.  It was just so nice to not start my two days off forming a list of "must dos" and having it stare at me.  The list just sitting on the table daring me to enjoy working the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle and that second mug of coffee.

I think we should consider pushing Congress to adjust the amount of hours we are allowed to work.  It could read something like this:

From here on, it is declared that the people of the United States of America will only be allowed to work a 4-day, 8-hour week at their primary income-producing jobs."

To me this makes so much sense that it's hard to believe no one has thought of this before!

Anyone agree?



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote May 30, 2008
    • Carine,

      I can soooo relate.

      What employers really should to is have a
      Virtual Friday
      check out this story. My friend works for the company and she said she got more work done from home today than she usually does at the office.

      Have a fantastic weekend.
      Y



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Beverly Mahone wrote May 31, 2008
    • I love the idea of a Virtual Friday—-that’s if I were still in Corporate America.  So I guess you could say I have a Virtual Week!



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Carine Nadel wrote May 31, 2008
    • I so want a virtual time-



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      Debra Roby wrote May 31, 2008
    • Living in the bay area with our high-tech companies and some dreadful commutes, it’s not at all unusual for people to spend atleast part of the time working virtually.  Most employees admit they work harder and possibly longer hours, but they also admit that they work during their personal “peak” time.  It may be 5 am. to noon (for my husband) then a couple hours after lunch and nap.  My one friend does most of her work from 7 pm until the wee hours of the morning.  If an employer only requires that work get done, not done during particular clock hours, it’s a win-win for everyone.

      The downside of virtual working: there is a higher level of personal discipline needed (some people need to go to a place to work.  Even if that place is a coffee shop.)  And the loss of interpersonal contact can be difficult to deal with.  

      My freelance writing is all virtual, and I dearly wish that more caterers and restaurateurs would let me plan events with them by email instead of phone!  

      High energy prices are likely to encourage more employers to allow electronic commuting for positions where a physical presence isn’t required.  If you can do it, by all means try.



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