Life just seems to have gotten away from us. So much going on at work. It's crazy how much stress can drain you.
Work in July in Sweden is both super quiet and super stressful. I usually like working during summer because the big bosses are away and you can usually come and go as you wish: come in a later, leave a little earlier, longer lunches. But on the down side there are less people around to work... meaning more work and responsibilities for us that are around. I work for a huge international company with weekly deadlines to meet and it can get pretty stressful (people getting burnt out left and right) but I usually take it pretty chill. I don't often take my work home with me, literally or mentally, but this summer is killing me. The ladt two weeks I've been spending entire days trying to put out fires... it's crazy, I don't get time to actually do my real work which means when I leave for vacation on Monday I will be behind on several projects (this has never happened before) and its eating away at me.
Same, same at Tony's work. Thus, we were talking about Swedish work life. It seems like at his job there are a lot of similar things happening. Big bosses are away and the burden is laid on people who don't always make "the big decisions". Everyone is super stressed. A lot of things can and do go wrong. Summer replacements are making mistakes and in general everyone is miserable. So, Tony asked me: "is this particularly Swedish?". How is it that everyone can just take off an entire month? The deadlines are still there, the work still needs to get done but people just take off. I can understand when 'regular peeps' without a crap load of responsibilities can take off but when all the managers both low and high level take off at the same time it makes absolutely no sense to me.
I write all this to say: I NEED A VACATION!