Let's Try This: Taking Micro-Vacations to Keep Up With Life

Photo by Eutah Mizushima.

One of the main things I've learned in my adulthood is that it seems to be impossible to get all the things done. Adult life is meant to be comprised of so many things: a full-time job, keep a home in reasonably clean and maintained condition, grocery shop, see family, see friends, see your partner (or go on dates with potential partners), exercise, making a doctor's appointment for that thing that keeps bugging you, haircuts, drinking enough water, having a hobby, and getting to inbox zero. I mean, just having a job and keeping up with the dishes can feel impossible, and I didn't even mention the side-hustles nor the extra work if you have a child who depends on you to stay alive.

This is why I have vowed that if I ever become rich, one of the first indulgences I will spend money on is a life assistant. I am so excited about the imaginary life where I can afford to offload all the errand-running, appointment-making, cleaning, and other life management. It is/will be amazing.

In the meantime, here is an awesome idea: take micro-vacations to get some of that life stuff done.

Whether it's taking a day (or even a half-day) off work every month to catch up on appointments or a number of extended lunches to see friends, this could be a great way to take some time to feel like we've got life under our feet.

Of course, what this advice assumes is that you have one job that offers vacation days, instead of cobbled-together contracts where time free from one job is just time to work on another. In that situation, is it possible to just schedule 4 hours a week of non-work work? I know, I know, it's not quite the same. Sorry.

Also, can we just pause for a moment and recognize that there is something bananas going on when people have to take VACATION DAYS to keep up with life?

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