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    #21
    Originally posted by filthy1980 View Post
    like i said i'm indian . . . my death will trigger a centuries long feud over who owns a particular 5 sq ft of worthless land
    Sounds like my uncles family - Sicilian
    I did a stroll around Windsor on 2 Oct for Alzheimer's Society. You can chuck me a few quid here if you like: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lmallen-1

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      #22
      Get a gig in the public sector - it'll be like a holiday :-)
      Rhyddid i lofnod psychocandy!!!!

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        #23
        Me too. Haven't had a holiday in 1 year now. I've worked through the burnout this year but developed a host of bad health issues for a few months which I've overcome now. Finally taking a 2 week holiday this month!

        Health is wealth. No matter how much the client pushes, you need to take regular breaks otherwise it'll cause more problems further down the line.

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          #24
          Never ceases to amaze me how contractors work and work and don't have holidays.....

          You're a long time dead fellas. Your kids won't remember that Dad worked really hard and earned a shed load of money, they'll remember holidays you took them on.

          Sorry but contracting is about having more holidays and more free time for me.
          Rhyddid i lofnod psychocandy!!!!

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            #25
            Originally posted by psychocandy View Post
            Never ceases to amaze me how contractors work and work and don't have holidays.....

            You're a long time dead fellas. Your kids won't remember that Dad worked really hard and earned a shed load of money, they'll remember holidays you took them on.

            Sorry but contracting is about having more holidays and more free time for me.
            It's nowhere near as simple as that and is something that permies face as well so not just our problem. There is also a massive difference between doing the minimum and burning out. The difference for me is having the choice. Sometimes doing extra works, fits in with family, the rewards go towards a big plan to add to quality of life. Sometimes it's just not worth it. Working away is also part of that decision and can be great if you are set up for it but could be the worst thing ever if you have a young family.

            I'm currently working 6 days a week and will probably do so for a month or two or until it doesn't suit me. I may even do 7 days if I fancy it. Suits me well at the moment as SWMBO works over the weekend as well (teacher) so no loss there, kids are old enough so don't see them for dust anyway, I enjoy what I do and the money will help either retire earlier or help the kids set up. Quite happy to put extra effort in while I can to achieve either of those.

            You are doing what suits you, I'm doing what suits me. It shouldn't amaze you someone else does something that doesn't fit in with your life choices. What we probably both agree on is we wouldn't do it if it were forced on us and we'd be prepared to call it a day much earlier than those that got burnt out would.
            'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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              #26
              Problem is you can start with a three month contract and think you might as well work through it. The three months becomes six months then becomes twelve months and you realise you hadn't had a decent break.

              I find a month break between long term contracts about does me. Putting finances aside I get a bit bored.

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