Don’t go to work unless it’s fun day – 3rd April 2017

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So every month I like to look ahead at Bank holidays and the like. This helps me to plan my blog content. While doing so last month I noticed that today, 3rd April 2017, is ‘Don’t go to work unless it’s fun day’. Now in theory this sounds ridiculous but I want to take this opportunity to share a little of my own story with you. Why I stopped going to work because it wasn’t fun. At all.

Don't go to work unless it's fun day

Don’t go to work unless it’s fun day

What is Don’t go to work unless it’s fun day?

Basically the idea is that if you don’t find work fun you don’t go in. Book the day off. Swap a shift. Pull a sickie. However, IF this holiday takes off it might be a little obvious you hate your job… You don’t want to get yourself fired after all! 

Why I stopped going to work

Back in 2013, or 2014, I forget now… my own job had stopped being fun. I was struggling because of a number of diagnosed and undiagnosed medical conditions. This meant that I was putting stress on the people that I worked with. It was an awful time. I would have to call in sick, then when I returned to work I’d have to face the looks. The snide comments. The glares. In the end I got sick of it, and working for someone else in general. I had already dabbled, in working online and I was confident that I could earn a part-time income at least.

I rang my lovely husband, upset, and he told me to come home. So just like that I gave in my notice and then that was about it. I had a wobble a few months later. I got another job after an interview but decided at the last minute that it wasn’t for me. That was that. I was staying home and I have been home ever since!

Since becoming full-time self-employed life has changed so much. I have been able to focus on my health and my life has been enriched so much thanks to our choices a few years ago. My husband and I have so much time together. We’ve been able to focus on our infertility battle to have a wonderful daughter, after 7 years of waiting! 

Daisy playing with the ducks at the exact moment she was born one year before!

If you’re currently working a job that isn’t fun, or that isn’t right for you, there are things that you can do. There are LOTS of ways that you can make money online. Perhaps you could work to build up an emergency fund for when you finally snap! The first months that I didn’t have a guaranteed salary were hard. I won’t lie. I wish we had a big emergency fund back then! However, I don’t reject jacking my job in on a whim and ridding myself of being sad.

Now I’m not saying  just jack your job in. Instead find more ways to make it fun. Perhaps you could take up a new hobby. Maybe you could cut your hours down if financially sustainable. Don’t forget that I’m a HUGE FAN of making and saving money online. I love matched betting, paid surveys, mystery shopping and much more. If you can’t afford to quit your job maybe you can make yourself some extra money at least!

Don’t live your whole life working in a job that you hate. You CAN change it. I’m not even sitting on a beach writing from a laptop and I’m pretty darn happy!

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Don't go to work unless it's fun day - 3rd April

35 Responses

  1. Jon April 3, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Now this looks like a ‘Day’ I can get behind! Reading about your story it’s obvious you made the right choice to leave full time employment!

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:30 am

      I certainly did. Can’t be doing with working for other people anymore.

  2. Victoria - Lylia Rose April 3, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    This is a good ‘day’ to have! So many people are unhappy in their jobs, perhaps it will make them think about what they can do to change that and become happier 🙂

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Fingers crossed. I say life is too short but really it isn’t. However, doesn’t mean you should be trapped in a job you hate.

  3. Plutonium Sox April 3, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Yey, I love the idea of this day! I used to work in a job where lots of people weren’t happy. They moaned all the time. I quite enjoyed the job and when I stopped enjoying it, I left. There was a lot of criticism of me going because it was seen as a ‘career for life’. But I didn’t drag people down when I became cynical about it. The people who criticised me are still there 7 years later and they still moan about it. I made the right decision, so did you. We spend too much time working to not be happy when we’re doing it.
    Nat.x

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:32 am

      That is so true Nat! You’re right. I couldn’t be doing with being surrounded by unhappy people either. Would just drag me down too. Well done you.

  4. Sophie's Nursery April 3, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Totally agree – I left my job last month and haven’t looked back! I LOVE working for myself, being my own boss and finding ways to save money 🙂 x

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:32 am

      Well done to you – it is great if you can be brave and make that leap!

  5. Ana De- Jesus April 3, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Sorry to hear that you went through a tough situation. I know the feeling and that is why I prefer it when I work for myself, although I still have to work other jobs to survive x

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Nothing shameful about that Ana! We all do what we can to get by xx

  6. five little doves April 3, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Ahh my husband would love to have done the same today. He HATES his job, it makes him utterly miserable, and yet as a family of 6 on one wage, the responsibility to pay the bills falls solely on him. I’m so glad that you escaped the daily grind, I hope one day he will to!

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Sorry to hear that – BUT you’ve obviously married a wonderful man who does what he needs to do for his family. He sounds like my own husband, a good one! Hopefully you’ll get there xx

  7. Ickle Pickle April 3, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I am a single mum and have always worked for myself. My blog is now my business and I just love it. I am so thrilled you became a mum at last 🙂 Kaz

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much Kaz, me too! It was a battle but then we all battle for things in life don’t we. Well done you on being self-employed and owning single parenting! x

  8. Fi Ni Neachtain April 4, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I’m glad that giving up your job turned out to be such a positive thing for you. I believe there’s no point in doing something in life if you hate it – even if it is a job and source of income!

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:35 am

      Me too, life is too precious to spend half your time doing something you detest.

  9. katykicker April 4, 2017 / 7:31 am

    OH well done to you Natalie. It is hard to make the leap, like you say, but can be so worth it if you’re unwell.

  10. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... April 4, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I have left jobs in the past because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore despite the good money! Your own wellbeing is so much more important than material gain

  11. Clair April 4, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I would love to work from home as my health can cause problems and it would certainly take the stress out of commuting!

    • katykicker April 4, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Sorry to hear that, I used to have to commute – it can be so exhausting can’t it.

  12. Emma April 4, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Love this idea – my job is fine but I don’t love it – I think ‘fun’ would definitely be a stretch. However, IF this holiday takes off it might be a little obvious you hate your job – LOVE THAT LINE – HAHA!

    • katykicker April 5, 2017 / 7:08 am

      haha imagine. ‘Sorry I’m not well today’ ‘*eyeroll*’

  13. Stephanie April 4, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Well done you for giving up and following your dreams. I am lucky that I am following my dreams and being able to work from home.

    • katykicker April 5, 2017 / 7:12 am

      That is fantastic, congratulations to you!

    • katykicker April 6, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Well done you – sounds like things are going well for you!

  14. Kara Guppy April 5, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I also gave up my job because it was making me so unhappy. I do miss having extra money though

    • katykicker April 6, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Yeah – completely understandable. I don’t spend anywhere near as much on myself now as I did when I was employed – despite earning more.

  15. Kerry Norris April 5, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Great post. My husband actually left a job he hated in the end. It wasn’t an easy decision but it was for the best x

    • katykicker April 6, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      That is great that your husband had you to help support him – fantastic to change your life like that even if it was a hard decision!

  16. Anna April 9, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Great post and inspiring, I wish I could do that, but being out of work in London can end up very bad, but life is too short to be doing a job you hate. Btw your daughter is so beautiful. 🙂 x

    • katykicker April 9, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Anna! We all do what we have to do don’t we x

  17. Louise April 23, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I quit my old job when I was on maternity leave after having Oscar. I’d been there for almost ten years and although I loved it to start with, I ended up dreading going in. Especially when I was suffering with my Scoliosis pain as we had to work the majority of the day alone.

    Quitting was the best thing I ever did as I now get to blog for a living, and I can safely say that this is a job I can never see me getting fed up with. And if I’m having a day where I’m in a lot of pain I either take it off or I just work on a little bit of post promotion 🙂

    Louise x

    • katykicker April 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      That is fantastic news Louise. Sorry to hear that you’ve got Scoliosis. I don’t know much about it but I have some pain related illnesses so I sympathise. So glad you get to do what you want to do now!

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