When On Leave and Away Messages Do Not Apply
It's December and Christmas is in a few days time, over the years of working life, this year is the only year where I am still working my ass off till the very end of this holiday season. Don't get me wrong I am not complaining here but more so a reflection on how things have changed and it's no longer days where I can just call a day off whenever I like.
For those who have been working for yourself, including those who doesn't own your own company not business but works on a own time own pace kinda arrangement, you will know working more means higher returns and taking a day off means there may be missed opportunities or clients may not get their requests met. To whom may be very upset you didn't reply their email within the day and start to message you on Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Oh how I hate technologies on certain days when I truly just wanted a quiet day off.
With the possibility for emails to be linked to mobile phone, being out of office or away no longer have the same effect as in the past. Right? I see many of us replying an email within an hour of receiving their automated away message in the mailbox. But hey! They are still checking and replying to emails. Don't we ever really go on leave anymore these days?
I'm guilty of doing the exact same things. Because I work for myself and technically I do not have annual leaves nor medical leave to apply for, I am ALWAYS working. Even on weekends! Up till a point when my hubby has to send me a Whatsapp message from the living room to remind me it's time to spend time with my girls (it was 8pm in the evening). My heart aches. A LOT!
I vowed to myself two weeks ago that I shall tear myself away from work this week and just focus and do things for and with my family. And just enjoy the holiday season like how I had been doing for the past 13 years. And look where I am now! In the train to a whole day of meetings scheduled and typing this post while traveling. I hate myself!
Just two more days I said. And I will SET THE DAMN AWAY MESSAGE and ignore all emails till after Christmas. I don't care if you need the list of influencers for your pitch, I don't care if you needed to report for your management and I don't care you needed that very last minute urgent requests carried out. I don't care because it's Christmas! All of you have to take a break too and recharge for an even more productive 2016! So come on let's turn on that automated away message and BE AWAY 100%! Our mailboxes should take a break too you know. Ha!
Have a Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!