Stuff I learned on my vacation
If you can put your work completely out of mind for a time, then how much of a hold does your work have over your imagination?
I took a four day vacation with my family last week. I struggled to stop thinking about my work, about particular people and projects, long enough to be completely present and to fully rest. By the fourth day I gave up the effort and instead allowed myself to think work thoughts. I made mental lists and conducted imaginary conversations. That was truly relaxing.
If we’re lucky, we get to do work for a living that we can’t stop thinking about, even if we try to.