What about a buyout?

My former industry was big on offering buyouts to older editors and journalists; the year after I was laid off from a job in Halifax it seemed like half of the journalists I’d worked with there took buyouts and went on to retirement or second careers in PR. After one former colleague did a voluntary buyout — made an offer our employer couldn’t refuse — I tried the same thing, but apparently I didn’t cost them quite enough to make that an attractive proposition. My thought was that if I could get out with a nest egg I could find something better. I imagine the HR director of the day laughing at the idea of giving me money to leave, he likely knew I’d do it without being paid to soon enough. And so I did.

Anyway, my former colleague Dave Paddon has written this article on buyouts and the things you should think about before you accept one. It’s a good read.

Five Unproductive Habits I’ve QUIT So I Can Get More Done

I can be quite productive on a deadline, but without one I flop around aimlessly looking for something to do, while my to-do list (sans deadlines) keeps growing. It’s as if it’s not interesting to me unless there’s a race to the finish. But don’t do, do as …. well, not I, but as someone who’s obviously cracked the conundrum for herself, says.

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?

Source: Five Unproductive Habits I’ve QUIT So I Can Get More Done