I’ve been on vacation for the last ten days. Today is my last Friday off before I return to work on Monday. It’s been a different vacation because we didn’t go anywhere or do much outside the house. COVID-19 is still keeping us cautious. The problem is, even though I wasn’t working in my daily work-from-home routine where I spend my day in my basement office, vacation didn’t feel much different from the last three months of being at home. I spent more time with the family, and I followed up with a few relaxing and interesting hobbies. But the routine of staying home wasn’t much different than we have been experiencing.
This afternoon, as I reflected on the end of my vacation, I realized that I was ready to head back to work. I’m probably not as recharged as I had a week-long vacation enjoying Calgary or England. But I am renewed because of the specific problems that I need to solve can be attacked from a new perspective.
Don’t underestimate the value of a vacation, even if it doesn’t seem like an exciting time or a significant variation on your regular routine. Sometimes simply the change of pace is enough. Vacations are valuable – don’t miss your chance to be refreshed.