There’s no point in denying it, I’m a total workaholic. That is I tend to drink a lot while I’m at work.
But what if you happen to be that other kind of workaholic – the kind who overworks? You probably never have time to cruise. Well you could be missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. So let’s see if I can make things right for you.
If you suffer from this problem, I know a lecture is the last thing you want from me, so I’ve saved that bit for the end.
Clear the backlog
But first, let’s approach this in a positive way. If you really have such a heavy workload and are struggling to clear the backlog that’s built up, the smartest thing you can do is to take a small break and head for a big ship.
If you’ve been following a regime that has you toiling round the clock eight days a week, it’s likely you’re tiring and your work rate has started to drop. Putting in extra hours isn’t going to help.
Instead of working from dawn to dusk, why not set yourself free by sailing into the sunset on a cruise liner.
Cruises are famous for helping people loosen up and unwind – two things I reckon you need to do more than most. Not only will you have a grand holiday but you’ll notice the difference when you return thoroughly refreshed and can see your productivity starting to rise.
But maybe you’ve heard it all before and nothing is going to change you. You’re addicted to your job and refuse to be separated from it. Well I have a great solution.
Bring your job with you.
To be sure, not every job lends itself to this approach. If you’re a long distance lorry driver or a Red Arrows display pilot, your options are limited on a cruise. But many other jobs are – at least in theory – transferable to the ocean.
With a little help from modern technology, you could transform a corner of any onboard public lounge into a fully functioning office. All it takes is a laptop, printer and shredder, and away you go.
In the past I’ve found it useful to bring my VAT return on holiday and get to work on it whenever spare moments arise. Invoicing is another great task you can turn your hand to in the bar if, for example, there’s a lull in the conversation.
Waiting for your friends to join you for dinner? Why not knock off a couple of emails or a business report in the intervening time?
Invited to the captain’s table but can’t think of anything to say to him? The perfect excuse to get your iPad out and start drafting your company’s new 17-point stakeholder engagement strategy.
If you’re a dentist, what’s to stop you bringing the tools of your trade with you and turning your cabin into a surgery? Well probably all kinds of maritime laws, so maybe don’t try that one.
But then, what about all those myriad possibilities on shore trips? If you speak the local language, maybe you could get temporary employment in a bar or supermarket, or as a police dog handler or town and country planner.
Take to the high seas
Bear in mind some employment opportunities may require a greater long term commitment than you can supply on a one-day visit. Those are the ones that might be better suited to a two-day stop.
Nevertheless, taking all things into consideration, such an extreme compulsion to work can’t be too healthy. Isn’t it time to release yourself from such urges and take to the high seas for a work-free fortnight?
You can do this, but only if you want to break free.
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