I am taking a “personal ½ day” off from work today—and thinking about extending it into a full one.
I don’t like my job. There’s no secret about that. In the interest of keeping it, however, I wont mention the company or anything about co-workers (who actually make it bearable). Suffice it to say I sit at a desk all day doing the same monotonous tasks, over and over and over. And I don’t have any interest whatsoever in what the company does, so I can’t take any joy in the fact that I’m making some sort of impact in the world.
I had no real reason for taking this sick day other than I simply could not get out of bed with those same monotonous tasks looming over my head. Yeah, I’m not technically sick, but I am sick of my job right now, and taking a break seemed like a healthy thing to do. If I had not, I would have gone in to work, been completely lazy, moped around, thought about the millions of other ways I could have spent my day, mused over job listings on my phone, etc.: generally I would have been a horrible employee.
So, is it so bad—is it really so wrong—to take a day off every once in a while because you hate your job? I don’t think so. Not if it keeps you sane. Everybody won today. At least that’s what I think.
But what do you think? Is it ok to take a day off every once in a while for something that your boss would get angry about if they knew what you were really up to? Back me up, here!