It's the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. It's projected to be 74 degrees today here in Boston. This reads like a recipe for people leaving work early or just not working today at all. And I can't blame 'em. I mean, really. Look at this! That's the actual park I go to (thank you Boston Public Garden).
Heck, I'd love to take a picnic and a book to the park for lunch, and totally blow off the afternoon.
Ready for the real fun of it? I'm a consultant. I CAN.
Before I get to hit my patch of grass, I have to meet all my obligations for all my clients. I don't get vacation days. I don't get to blow off tasks on the grounds that my boss isn't around to notice.
So I've been working extra all week. I worked a bit late every night and got through almost everything. I'll do the last bit this morning. I pushed meetings to the morning or earlier days. I stayed up late last night writing my Friday status reports. Then, this afternoon, I'll make all the working stiffs jealous with my book in the park.
In other words, I've offset my work this week. So next time you see that slacker in the park, give 'em a wave. Maybe they're not slacking. Maybe they just already did their 40 hours (or 60 or .... you know, I don't count hours and that's probably for a reason!).