Holidays can bring down any routine you have just acquired with miraculous discipline and take you out of whatever you have been doing. Whenever I read anything related to productivity and creative work it seems that a good routine is needed plus exercise plus a healthy lifestyle. I also know that now in my fourties that this is the type of life I want. Gone are the days where a night out was the highlight of my week. I enjoy getting up early on Sundays and having a full day of “flow” without appointments other than for a nice brunch in the city.
Still, the occasional long weekend (and we have many of those in the spring) is a chance to take a mini-break. It’s also a chance to see the family and friends you have fallen out of touch with. Especially as a self-employed blogger, writer, or service professional you might easily fall into the trap of not knowing how to handle “free” time anymore as you always have “work” to do, emails to read, social media to follow up on, potential clients to get back in touch with.
I suggest you try to break this routine on purpose and see what you take away from this experience. Allow yourself a few days offline. Fly away to a location on your “1000 places to see before I die list” and experience a new world. Routine and productivity are necessary but once in a while you need to shut down, re-boot and clean up the motherboard in your brain.
You can also support this process by planning relaxation for your body, soul and mind for example a Spa retreat in Austria, a hiking holiday in Graubuenden, a castle tour of Germany or a bicycle trip around lake Constance.
I am advising against putting yourself at excessive performance pressure during your holidays. I believe this might be counter-productive especially if you you are usually “driven” in your work life.
Also, I advise you give yourself a few days of adjustment into the “free” time and out of the “free” time. You could develop a ritual such as unpacking your suitcase in three steps, sorting out pictures and presents, updating your diary. This might be easy and natural for you but also remember that your body might have to adjust especially after long travels. When you are employed you might want to leave work earlier and keep the evenings work-free.
How was this experience for you?