Remember “sick days”? Days during the week where you could just take the day off of work and do whatever you wanted. There were times when I was working at Hollywood video in high school when I’d call in “sick”… not really that often, since I was pretty responsible. Still sometimes a concert would come up or I’d hear about a party going on and all of a sudden I’d feel a “cold” coming on. When you’re 17, your job just isn’t that important to you. You’re going to have more fun and likely build some good memories hanging with friends, so blowing off work had to happen every so often. At that time in your life there’s usually little consequence for calling off work; you probably wouldn’t be fired for it and usually you had the kind of job that could easily be filled in by someone else on short notice.
Now that I’m the boss of my own company I really can’t call in sick just to play videos and watch cartoons all day. Sure I could just say screw it and do whatever I want since I am the boss. This is my business and I’m sure one “sick day” isn’t going to make the whole thing fall apart. When you call in sick to those high school jobs or even a job you may currently have; someone else can pick up the work load. The work still gets done without you.
As the owner of a company I have to think about the consequences of a “sick day”. If I don’t do this today or someone else doesn’t do this today, then who is going to do it? Someone is going to have to pick up the slack. Work was scheduled and there are deadlines to meet. These are the same sort of feelings you get as a freelancer when you think about taking a day off. You know if you take a break today you’re gonna have to work harder the next day to make up for it.
Taking a day off can be good; it can give you a moment to catch your breath and just sort of reset. That might be what the weekends are for but many of us are running errands and we’re all over the place during the weekend. So those two short days don’t always feel like much of a break. I may not have the freedom of those “sick days” anymore but I do have the freedom to move the work load around a bit if I need a day to breathe and reset.