Days Not Feeling Like Doing Anything

Otis Orchards, Washington
March 30, 2016 2:41pm CST
I’m sure everyone has had days where they just didn’t want to do anything. Or to put it in a better way–didn’t feel like doing any work. Days where you just wanted to loaf around. At my last job I had a few of these days. But I’d tell myself there was one of three things that I could do. One, call in sick, ask for a vacation day so I’d get paid for the day and basically throw a vacation day away, or, two just call in sick and take the day off without pay, or, three, go to work. My final decision was always, unless I was really sick, to go to work. One place I work had personal days. These were days where the employee could call in and say, “I’m taking a personal day,” and take the day off. We had four of these paid days a year but we couldn’t let them build up. We had to use them in a three month time frame or lose them. We also had sick days which we couldn’t let build up. The thing about this job was if we were getting close to losing these days our supervisor would come around and say, “I see you haven’t taken your personal day this quarter so you better take it before you lose it.” Or he would say, “I see you haven’t had any days off for sometime. You better take some of your sick days before you lose them.” Of course, he didn’t mean to take them all at once but to be sure to take them before we lost them. I like working for that company. The owners wanted to make sure the employees didn’t get burnt out. They realized the importance of letting a employee take a day off just to do whatever the employee wanted without any strings attached. I started to write this because this is one of those days where I just don’t feel like doing anything. It may be because it’s a nice sunny day. I went outside early this morning so I suppose that spoiled me a bit. The sky is clear blue without a cloud in sight. It’s a nice fifty-one degrees Fahrenheit (10.5º C) outside. I think I’ll end this and take a hike down to the mailbox.
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@patgalca (14054)
• Orangeville, Ontario
30 Mar 16
I don't feel like doing anything today simply because my anger is building. My husband had a meeting at work at lunch time... or did he? He left his stupid cell phone here so I can only assume he had a meeting and then he and a couple of his work buddies decided to go golfing. Nice of him to let me know. Today is the beginning of 6-9 months of this frustration. I'm going to go get on the treadmill and burn off some steam. Edit: Okay, he FINALLY just phoned. No golfing. Actually was a long meeting, then he went to the chiropractor, now he is going to his buddy's house to play darts. Geez. I've been trying to get his attention for weeks.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
Glad he finally let you know what was going on. Doesn't he ever include you in some of his hobbies? I mean you could certainly go with him while he played darts–or you could even play darts with him. It's not that hard even if you didn't play that well.
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@patgalca (14054)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Apr 16
@RichardMeister Yeah, well, he has never wanted to play games with me because he believes I'm not enough competition for him. He even complains about the way I play Euchre. These games are his way of hanging out with his buddies. He doesn't want me there.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Apr 16
@patgalca I can understand him wanting to hang out with his buddies, but it sounds like he wants to hang out with his buddies more than he wants to hang out with his wife.
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@much2say (36331)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I hope you're enjoying your day of not doing anything! It's rare that I get a full day of loafing around - for me it's more about finding pockets of time during the day (if I'm here, you know I have a little bit of time to loaf around ). It's nice to work for a company that takes care of their employees that way. Hubby is fortunate to be in a great situation that way too - but they don't lose days. I do think of my friend who loses sick and vacation days (I guess companies are going that way according to her) - so some years she was forced to take vacation - which stunk because it wouldn't coordinate with her husband's vacation time.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
I believe the reason for losing personal and sick days was a way of making sure the employee took some time off. After all these were paid days off. I can't remember how the vacation days worked there, but I know I had a full year to take them (I can't remember if I could carry the vacation day into the next year). On my last job I had a full year to use my vacation days. If I didn't use them I got paid for them in December. I did not have any sick days or personal days. They gave all employees 2 weeks vacation from the first day they were hired say that we could use vacation days as sick days. But it really didn't work like sick days. It was up to the supervisor to decide whether the day would go on the person's absentee record. When we were asked for input on how to change things to make the place "the best employer to work for" I tried to get it changed to where the supervisor had to approve a certain amount of days each quarter as sick days. They wouldn't go for it.
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@much2say (36331)
• United States
31 Mar 16
@RichardMeister I never took vacation and they paid me at the end of the year too. I don't think I had sick days or personal days either . . . but on the other hand I could mostly take the days off that I wanted (that means a day they won't have to pay me). Yah, I think your suggestion would have worked - that way there are no gray areas (gray areas never seem to side with the employees!).
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Apr 16
@much2say At my last job I always took part of my vacation between Christmas and New Year so I was paid for that before I went on vacation. I just had to hang onto the money because I wouldn't get a paycheck for the week I was on vacation. Of course I got paid for Christmas day and New Year's day. A lot of people at work thought I must have screws loose to take my vacation at that time of the year instead of in the summer. But I really didn't like going to work at that time. I also took the week of Thanksgiving off. They considered the day after Thanksgiving a holiday so I got the whole week off and only used 3 vacation days. I also always took my birthday off. I started doing that when I worked for the boat company and they made us take our birthday off with pay. I decided that was a great idea so everywhere else I worked I put in for the day off and a couple more days depending what day my birthday fell on.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
Glad its a nice day there Richard.. Yes I once worked for a company like that..it was good. Personal days were handy..the supervisor did the same there too..come around asking. No other job I had did that.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
Those type of jobs are few and far between. The city of Spokane voted in a law that all employee within the city limits who had over a certain amount of employees had to give them sick leave days. Boy did these employers squawk. They said everything from it would run them out of business to they would move their business out of the city limits. I believe it would save the company money because employee wouldn't be coming to work sick giving it to more employees. An employee is not going to work as well as one that isn't sick. Therefore they are going to have to work overtime to make up for lost production.
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• United States
31 Mar 16
@RichardMeister Yes those are great points Richard. I believe it is beneficial also as quite frankly, people are happier.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Apr 16
@TiarasOceanView I agree with that.
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@MGjhaud (20823)
• Philippines
31 Mar 16
i went through another breakdown the last 2 days. im on a leg therapy due to an accident and sometimes i feel like im so tired of not doing anything but therapy and be in bed from sun up to sun down. i felt like the last 2 days was a real struggle and i hate it when it happens cause i cant do anything good unless i let it pass. im good now thank God. im happy to be back here mylotting and i can now focus on my therapy.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
I hope you get better soon. I don't think I would enjoy being in bed all the time either.
@MGjhaud (20823)
• Philippines
1 Apr 16
@RichardMeister thanks im good now.
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@jahunt (1414)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I have days like this as well. It seems they come around a lot more often these days! Or, maybe I am just getting lazy in my old age! Lol!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
That seem to be true for me, too.
@maezee (28977)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I feel you. I also got personal days at my last job instead of sick days - but I had to plan on using them in advance. Now at my current job I just have a ton of sick days (12 per year). I would almost prefer the personal days because I dont get sick that often. Boo. I also dont feel like doing much today -think I may lounge around. Enjoy your relqxing day!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
Personal days were great. Where I worked I did have to give any advance notice. I rarely get sick. At my last job I didn't call in sick for 7 years.
@Teep11 (6681)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Sounds like a great company. A lot of people get burnt out on the job. There will be days where we don't feel like doing anything. Take it easy.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
31 Mar 16
Yes, that was a good company to work for. But circumstances changed which caused a huge layoff.
@sallypup (23345)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Mar 16
I'm feeling quite spoiled by this incredible weather. Even the wind is behaving itself.
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