wheel - 2:57 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
But I know there's people starving, so I'll try not to whine.
Yeah, business is booming. You could have the opposite problem :).
I used to work 24/7. Then one day I took a day trip with my family, first real day off in 2 years. I check voice mail at 9, then again at 3. At 3 there's someone complaining that they emailed me something, and it wasnt' done yet (it was done by 5 when I got back to the office). This was something I'd been waiting 2-3 months for from them, then they are upset because it didn't happen not just the same day, but immediately.
I emailed them a 'I'm cancelling your service, I believe you'll find yourself better served with one of the fine products offered by our competitors'. And since then I've never looked back on taking time off. And you know what? Clients don't have a problem. that's because it's about setting expectations, not service. If they expect you 24.7, you'd better be there. If they expect you 9-5 and not on weekends, then it isnt' a problem if you're not there on the weekends.
Funny thing, when I leave for a 3 day weekend camping/fishing in the deep bush with my son, when I get back, work is still there. But I'm relaxed, and had 3 days with my son. I use this line of work now to allow me to live my life, not the other way around.