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In a perfect world, I would have work-life balance and be able to disconnect on a somewhat normal basis. In this world, I can't Are there other ways you fully unplug from work without actually taking time off?

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I never buy the WiFi on international flights. Small slice of freedom in the air.

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You have to make the conscious decision and commit to it. You just have to do it. Not for your own sake but also for the sake of those working for you (not to mention family and friends). When I started I wanted to be a partner bc they were all out on the golf course all the time. Now partners work all the time and our staff don’t want to be us. Just do it. You aren’t saving the world. You can take an hour a day to just turn off your phone, walk away from your computer, and do something you enjoy.

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Yes D1 - you are correct. This is very doable. P2 you have to try harder. For your family’s sake as well as yours.

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I can’t. I try but I can’t. It’s hurting my health, my marriage, my relationship with the kids. My relationship with my extended family and my friends. It’s soul sucking.

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I learned this too late in my career - disconnecting and recharging is one of the most impactful things you can do for your performance.

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I think you can, with some effort over time. A couple things that may work: 1. Don't go from 100 to zero. That's really hard, and a recipe for failure 2. Set a reasonable parameter like only checking email at lunch and put that in your out of office, and then to forward to someone else who can help 3. Track your progress on something short first, like a long weekend 4. Have an internal and external accountability partner. For example, Ask your spouse for help on your small goal. And someone you trust internally, like a solid manager bc you want to set a good example for them. 5. Understand that you will feel really uncomfortable, and that you will become more comfortable with that feeling Best of luck, I'm rooting for you for the sake of your health and relationships, which are far more important

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Sad to say, but no.

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As an owner of the business, there is no time off.

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I like to put on a podcast and go for a run outside each night after dinners done and the kids are in bed. Good to unplug for a bit.

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I go hunting in far northern MN. No cell signal 🤣🤣

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PwC 1 - you are correct on the ownership aspect. I do believe however that while we can’t totally disconnect for a significant amount of time, we do need to “pick our spots” as to when we can go off the grid for a little bit. I do, and it’s been an immense help mentally and physically.

I go to numerous concerts and at least one music festival every year (except during the Covid shutdown). Great way to disconnect and escape the stress of work while enjoying my favorite bands.

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Oh man, I feel for you all. Why does public accounting foster this kind of culture? I left a large firm I was on partner track for because I looked around me and realized I never wanted to be the partners sitting in those offices. They were tired, overweight, cranky, worked 70-90 hours a week during tax season and expected staff to work longer. When I had 10-15 days of pto left every year that would expire, I was told it was the “industry norm” not let go of pto. And you look at your clients who are making 3 times more than partners in accounting are and seem to work less. How did we let our industry get like this? I left with three other colleagues and we started our own firm. After years of complaining, we knew nothing would ever change. When you, as a partner, choose not to disconnect and have a personal life, it affects more than just your personal life. Staff are watching and staff are leaving! It’s so important for so many reasons. Now that I am expecting my first child, I couldn’t be more happy with my decision.

I wish there was. I had it under control before I became partner; but since then, because I am basically a young “line” partner, I got crapped on. And by the time I get any sort of tenure, the staff will be making more than me with their demands for raises…I think becoming partner now is a big regret….

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Today was the first day of my vacation. I’m working more than on a normal day. FML

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Good start to vacation when the direct flight was cancelled and morphs into a worldwide tour of Europe lol I’m being facetious.

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Supposed to vacation in California (from NY) two weeks from now. Has anyone done this recently? Curious to know if I will need to sign any documentation at the airport confirming I will quarantine

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Does anyone feel judged by their coworkers for going on vacation?

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Tell me a secret you’ve been keeping.

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Hear me out - Juneteenth is cool, but what would be even better is Emancipation Day on April 16th. It’s just a better timed holiday amongst the various options to celebrate the end of slavery.

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Is having sex with four girls on vacation while being in a relationship of 4 years considered cheating? I don't think it counts.

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Would anyone know if we need a Colombian tourist visa if traveling to Colombia for a vacation and returning to US on EAD-AP? I don't have any valid US visa and am a citizen of India.

Would anyone know if we need a Colombian tourist visa if traveling to Colombia for a vacation and returning to US using EAD-AP card? I don't have any valid US visa and am a citizen of India.

Anybody else posting vacation pictures?

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Anybody else posting vacation pictures?

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I have a hand full of k-5 students who have gone the first half of the school year without music because of remote learning. Our district is moving to 100% traditional teaching after the MLK holiday. Any suggestions for reintroducing concepts to the group of students that’ll be joining us f2f for music the first time this school year?

Hope you all have a great Holiday!

I'm a huge swim nerd. We're hosting two viewing parties for US Olympic Trials, one this weekend and one next weekend, and I'm totally STOKED! Not gonna lie, I legit thought about taking PTO next week so work doesn't get in the way of me watching prelims.

Can anyone please let me know whether there is any public holiday in Accenture Kolkata location on 14 and/or 15 October 2021? I need to decide on my joining date based on the above information.

Anyone aware, If CGI having Holiday in last week of December?

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Part of the crowd. The briefcase doesn't show in post details though.

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After the bonus and promotion decisions, it soon became: High performance. Dead liver.

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When I joined consulting, I wanted to become a partner. But now being 7 years into this I don't want a hectic life. I want to switch to industry and lead a peaceful life rather than disturbing my WLB. Anyone who is at the partner or ED level in consulting, are you happy with it? Is there a WLB?

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What should I ask for in my exit interview?

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Immigration question - will Deloitte cancel your approved I140 if you quit??? Ex Deloitte people any inputs????

Anyone else just want… out? You hit a point and it becomes about selling more than learning and doing good work.

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TFW the hard work pays off and you finally break in that new lair of AE's

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Advice for tactically suggesting that a colleague start wearing deodorant?

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Guy is trying to switch his middle seat on a 2-3-2 config for an exit row aisle so he can sit next to his girlfriend. On an 8 hour flight. Just sitting here watching like 😂

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Alvarez & Marsal CPI director salary range? Dallas 7.5 YOE.

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Anyone from Google willing to give tips on the interview process? How to prepare? What kind of questions etc. This is for a Risk position.

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ACNrs - I am interested in moving into an internal (non MC) role. Policy says you have to be with ACN a full year before applying for a transfer. How strict are they on this rule?

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My new firm is giving me a choice between PC or Mac. Work will be a lot of Excel, PPT, research, and video calls. Which should I get? I have two external monitors (Dell / Acer) but sounds like they would provide an extra monitor if I wanted.

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Does anyone here do really well in presentations or formal public speaking (even impromptu) but fall flat in small tall? I swear I would be calm while being interrogated in a congressional hearing but put me in a 1:1 or other minor conversation and I bomb almost every time.

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