I previously touted the financially joyful benefits of working during official holidays to earn double overtime. Now I have a concession/confession to make. I personally won’t be working during the next couple of weeks or during the upcoming holiday break.
Earning extra overtime is certainly great, but it’s just not worth the extra sacrifice for me right now. There are more important places I need to be at and more important people I need to be with during this time than spending it cooped up in an unventilated, stuffy room clicking away on a computer.
It’s been a wonderful luxury to be able to set my own working schedule. Since the summer I’ve been working on the same project and have taken a few days off here and there. In general, agencies don’t mind when you take very infrequent time off but when you do it too often they are likely to see it as a serious problem that warrants prompt terminative action.
One of our favorite things to do when I have the time is to spend time cooking with the family. Working too hard can have some long term side effects and you can get burnt out. It’s important to have fun with your family and friends when you take time off and most people enjoy eating, so it’s a great way to do this.
One of my friends just recently introduced me to cooking on the griddle and the health benefits of doing so. I never used to care much about the cooking surfaces of my foods but as you get older you start to care about your health more.
The electric griddle has become my new tool of choice for quick and easy meals. The cast iron griddle is great as well but can be a bit difficult for my family to handle, so we just keep the electric griddle plugged in 24/7 indtead.
If you’re looking for a healthy way to cook your food and want something fast and easy, then I would highly recommend looking into using griddles, rather than the modern cookware that’s popular today.
Agencies are notorious for providing very inaccurate projections and overestimations of project duration. I understand that sometimes it’s not possible to pinpoint exactly how long something will last, but I think certain agencies frequently provide exaggerations to coax more interest from prospective contract attorney applicants.
This makes it extra difficult to plan vacations around project estimations.
So, I think it is in every contract attorney’s own working interest not to reveal whether he or she plans on taking time off when inquiring about project availability. Disclosing such information to the agency will only lead to negative results in you not being considered for projects that you would otherwise have been submitted for. Besides, deciding when and if you plan on taking time off in the contract attorney business is a very fluid decisional process.
Originally I thought I would try to maximize my working hours and overtime opportunities by plugging through the holidays, but I ultimately reconsidered and decided my time would be better spent with family and loved ones. Money is important, but it’s not every thing. Heeding my own advice, I didn’t alert the agency until the last possible moment (a few days before my planned time off), although I did reasonably make sure the project would not be too understaffed while I was away.