How Does Vacation Affect Your Work?

Vacation & Work

Last week I returned home from a very relaxing and vacation to Hawaii with my wife (it was truly a vacation because the kids didn’t come 🙂

With a red-eye flight back and having to readjust to a five hour time difference, I felt pretty wiped on the way home. But at the same time, I couldn’t wait to get back to work. I love what I do and while I recognize the need for rest and relaxation, I find my work to be both enjoyable and rewarding.

I was reminded how vacation serves as a great barometer for how you feel about your work. When you are headed home after a peaceful trip away from the norm, are you delighting in or dreading the fact you have to go back to work? Unfortunately, far too many people resent that they must return to the office after time away.

I firmly believe that life is too short to do something you hate. Why would you continue working in a position or a job that you can’t stand? Why would you want to do something that you’re not looking forward to?

Luckily, this gauge isn’t exclusive to how you feel after returning from vacation. Here’s another way to look at it…

How do you feel about Monday mornings?

Personally, I love Mondays. I can’t wait to start fresh with another week to make stuff happen and do work I love.

Unfortunately, I know not many people share my love of Mondays. But what would life be like if you couldn’t wait to get back to work after vacation? What if you had trouble sleeping Sunday nights not because you were fearful of a new week but because you were excited for Monday morning?

How would your life be different? Do you think it’s even possible to look forward to Mondays?

I know firsthand it is both possible and realistic. But it’s up to you to make it happen.

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  1. So very true Grant!

    If you are dreading returning to work after a vacation it’s time to update the resume or even better start identifying what your true purpose in life is.

  2. I’m not satisfied with my job… There I said it. It’s hard for me to admit, because they helped me out when I needed a hand, but it’s not what I’m meant to do.

    My wife and I went camping a couple weeks ago, and that was the most relaxed I have felt since my honeymoon. I did not want to come home and start work the next day. I dread going to work and I need something more.

    If I loved going into work, my relationship with my wife would improve and that is the most important thing for me. I wouldn’t always be sad, tired, overwhelmed, frustrated, and drained. I would have the energy to commit more of myself to her and be the person that she married.

    Thanks for the post Grant!

    P.S. Finding this post was funny cause I just wrote about how relaxing our camping trip was on my blog a couple weeks ago.

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