I took three weeks off for vacation: to recharge my batteries and reconnect with my family.
It was a great break which sadly had to come to an end.
I have three rules when I go on leave:
- No checking work emails (which meant disabling Lotus Notes Traveller on my iPhone).
- No making work related phone calls (which meant setting a very clear voicemail greeting).
- No sneak peaks at work related web sites (including this blog).
The first few days were hard ( without meaning to belittle the concept, its a bit like battling an addiction),
but by the second week I had stopped thinking about work altogether and really started to enjoy myself.
Not that I don't enjoy working for IBM (I love it), but we all need to take regular breaks to stay sane.
Of course there is a penalty for ignoring your email for 3 weeks..... about 1000 emails to go through on return.
The good news is... I am now ready for take off.
Lets have a great 2011!
And if your feeling like this guy, maybe its time for a break!