Soooo the vacation is over. Now its back to work, family, house stuff, the normal. I will admit, at the end of my vacation I was ready to go back. After days of lounging on the beach and naps in the afternoon, I was able to get push the restart button in my brain and re-motivate myself.
When I started working from home, I thought I should be working seven days a week and always be available. I very quickly burned myself out. While I now take a least Sundays off completely and a nice 4 hour lunch (it is the Southern European way after all) each day, I learned quickly that it just wasn’t enough.
This was the first full week off from work that I have had since the new year. I have taken a weekend here and there, but what I learned is that you need a full week off every few months.
In Germany, they are given 4 full weeks off per year plus holidays and two weeks off for Christmas and New Years. Even those who work in the service industry. I once thought that was crazy talk but now I can honestly say, they got it right.
Taking a week off, no email, no computer, no anything every few months can really help to keep your mind fresh and let the new ideas and concepts flow. As I continue my planning for 2015, I am putting in a week off in April, August, October, and of course my 2 weeks off at Christmas.
When you work from home, yes its true you have a flexible schedule in that you can decide, but how do you decide when to work and when to not work? For me that is constantly changing depending on what is going on in my life. Sometimes I need mornings off. Sometimes I can work 80 hours per week. Sometimes only 50. So the big question is, how do you arrange your time when working from home including your vacation time?