I have some mandatory vacation coming up and absolutely nothing to fill it with. Since I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted my time I’d like to fill it doing something useful. I don’t have a ton of money and I don’t want to travel so I think I’d like to learn a new skill.
I looked over the thread about 50 skills everyone should know, and I have most of that list covered. I’m looking for some suggestions about skills I could teach myself. I’ve considered everything from knitting, to juggling, to learning Mandarin Chinese, but I’d love to hear some suggestions.
The only qualifications are a regularly low start up cost to learn (under $100), and something that can be self taught in about 80 hours (8 hours/day for ten days). The more useful the skill the better, but I’m open for just about anything. Also a basic understanding is fine, I don’t need to master, the skill just have a decent base of knowledge.
Magic. Learn a few good tricks and practice them well. Instant fun in any social gathering. At work, some of your coworkers will admire you, others will be entertained, others will be convinced you have made a pact with the Devil and cross themselves whenever you come near.
Thanks for the responses guys, yes I am proficient in excel and I know a few magic tricks but it would be nice to brush up on a couple of them. Mandatory vacation just means that I need to take the days off, but my wife doesn’t get as much time off as I do so she’s stuck working.
I like the relaxation suggestion, but my life isn’t exactly stressful. We’re DINKS and we tend to spend most of our nights relaxing. TV bores me to tears though and I’m all caught up on my reading, so I’m looking for a bit of a brain exercise to keep me out of (or get me into) trouble.
Thanks for the suggestion Gary T! I was a boyscout once upon a time, but I didn’t pay much attention during the knot tying lessons. Which is something I’ve regretted more than once since.
For those who don’t know:
‘Mandatory vacations’ are common in the financial world - it is a security measure to prevent workers from “floating” transactions to cover their embezzlements.
If you have someone who processes financial transactions and never, ever takes vacation or sick leave, you look closely at their work.
The OP’s vacation may be entirely different, but the fraud/embezzlement vacation is the one of which I know.