Many folks hold salaried positions that require them to work 40 hours a week, at a minimum. Some folks see those 40 hours and raise another 40, rarely, if ever, calling in sick.
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80 hours a week, for what? Even 40 hours a week, for what?
Sure, you love your job, and that’s fantastic, but I’m sure you love your family and yourself at least a little bit more.
That’s why I think you should call in sick.
Call In Sick
Yes, you heard me correctly.
Pick up the phone, ring your boss, fake some coughs, and call in sick.
Don’t claim to have some ailment that will keep you out for ages only to miraculously reappear the following day. And don’t blame your absence on anyone else, you don’t want that kind of karma.
Just call in sick.
Take a day just for you. For your family. With your family.
Better still, have the whole family call in sick!
Recruit the Fam
Call the school and tell them your child won’t be in due to illness. They’re not going to call your doctor for a single absence. And neither will your boss, for that matter.
Do it Wisely
Next up, skip town.
Don’t go out gallivanting in your community on the off chance that you’re spotted by the wrong person and the cat gets out of the bag.
Drive. An hour, maybe more, and go somewhere grand!
Get off the grid and hit up an awesome state park for a hike and picnic, or even head to an amusement park for the day. (Make sure to wear sunscreen so your tan isn’t a giveaway tomorrow).
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Relax and unwind. Forget about your troubles and worries and enjoy the day. Treat yourself to something decadent and sweet. Indulge in a $10 frappuccino from Starbucks.
Laugh with your children.
And make sure your children see that family and quality of life is 1000x more important than work will ever be.
You might choose to skip over the whole fact that you lied to your boss and the school, and you might mention that your kids keep your adventurous day a secret.
Just take this day and enjoy it, while your children are still little. And do this once a year.
Maybe not on the same day every year, that might get suspicious.
Tomorrow will be here before you know it and you’ll be back at your desk. But today, today is for adventure and your family.
And, on the off chance your boss does find out what’s up, just give him my email address.
Enjoy your day!
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