Monday, December 29, 2008

No Paid Holidays

Well, clearly I've been on another hiatus from this blog. Last week I did a little work, but as soon as Wednesday hit, any motivation pretty much went out the window. I spent time with my family, trained hard for the mountain bike racing season and read an entire book. My husband did a lot of lounging and playing with his new XBox 360. As I've stated before, I have a much harder time getting motivated to work when my husband is home. If he's vegging on the couch, I feel like that's what I would like to be doing, too.

So, while my husband was taking some necessary days off, I was taking days off with him. This week, again, he'll only be working Monday and Tuesday, so there's more of that to come. One dramatic difference that I only recently thought about is that while he's sitting around doing nothing, he's getting paid. That's one of the advantages I decided to forgo when I left my full-time job. While he has paid holidays (and usually more than everyone else because he has a government job) and paid vacation days, if I don't do anything, I'm not making any money.

I'm going to try to keep that in mind this week and make it a productive one, despite the holiday.


JR Moreau said...

With things less hectic (in the business sense), this week might be a good one to get ducks in order for a really good start of 2009. Administrative stuff seems to creep up on me and I always blame it on business and stress. I got A LOT of stuff done the day after Christmas. Didn't leave the house until 10PM when I got a call that my best friend had just got engaged.

Good luck staying productive!

Lesley said...

I find the same thing - it's really hard to work when my husband is home. He has a sales job and only works every other week, so I often have to shut myself away in the office!

Sarah said...

It's funny reading this post, because I've had the same thoughts with my husband. He has a 'government job' too (Air Force) and when I first started fulltime freelancing, he had just graduated from a 9 month training course and he was only going to base for about an hour a day. It was really hard to be working when he wanted me to lie around on the couch and watch TV with him. But I pointed out to him that he was getting paid to watch TV, but watching TV would earn me nothing. Self control is key, I guess!