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Is Workplace Loyalty Holding Me Back?

This is not the post I had scheduled, but I need to draw on the collective wisdom of the PF blogosphere. Is workplace loyalty an outdated concept? A Short History 18 months ago, I left my job for the one I’m now in. My previous job was part-time, 5 minutes from home, and reasonably paid on an ongoing contract basis. I enjoyed it, and still have a good relationship with the business, but for various reasons it was time for me to move on. My “new” job is full-time, and takes about 1 hour door-to-door. You can see how I spend my hours in my Day in the Life post. … Show Me More!

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A Mindset Change To Banish Overwhelm

I love blogging. I decided when I started that I would commit to posting once every 8 days for at least a full year. You may be asking, “why not weekly?” In my head, that didn’t feel achievable, whereas for some reason adding an extra day did. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, or reduce my chance of success. To me, blogging regularly shows commitment. However, as it turns out, blogging isn’t only about chucking some words down on a page and pressing post. What’s So Overwhelming About Blogging? I enjoy all the other tasks that go along with running a blog, such as: maintenance tweaking the theme adding plugins … Show Me More!

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Australians Are Hoarders – Do You Suffer From FOTAL?

Ah, the holidays. It is a rare few that don’t look forward to (or even long for) that stretch of days without formal work. Full-time employees in Australia have an entitlement to four weeks paid annual leave. This entitlement is pro-rated for part-time. Compared to some countries (play with the embedded Tableau graph below), we are lucky to have this amount. When you add in the 10 or so public holidays each year, Australians get a significant amount of paid time off. And yet… at last count, we were holding on to a combined 133,737,000 days. It turns out that Fear Of Taking Annual Leave (FOTAL) is now a thing. Data … Show Me More!

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There’s Not Enough Time To… Retire Early

My dad turned 70 this year, and the hard fact of that number induced a sudden fearful realisation; my dad is going to die one day. Of course it is inevitable, but as humans we have the ability to ignore the obvious. We just brush it aside and carry on. This day, however, made me take a mental step back and actually look at my dad, through the eyes of someone who has just met him – and he looks old. Yes, he devotes time to maintaining his mental and physical fitness. Being long retired, Dad is under no obligation to get out of bed by a certain time each day, … Show Me More!