I mentioned yesterday when I came back from vacation that it had been some time since I’d taken two weeks off in a row–probably several years. It’s a luxury to be able to do that, I know. There are some clear upsides to being gone from the workplace that long, but also some downsides. I once worked with a television reporter (whose name would be known to many of you) who said there was no way he could ever take more than a week off at a time. He said if he were to do that, he would not be able to come back to work at all!
As for me, I was ready to come back and missing the people I work with.
The downside, though, is that yesterday I felt really, really sluggish, as if I was walking in molasses. Today I’m a little better. It occurred to me, though, that it’s good to feel sluggish at work after a vacation because that means you’ve been able to get into a true vacation rhythm–one which you have to pull out of once you’re back on the job. It would be worse to come back to work and not miss a beat. That would mean you had never truly “vacated” at all. That’s my rationale and I’m sticking with it, if my boss says anything about the host of the program being slightly off his game.