After punching out from the day job this coming Friday, I'll have the luxury of ten consecutive days off work. There will be no checking of email. No glancing at Microsoft Teams. No responding to phone calls. I will, for all intents and purposes, be completely disconnected from everything work-related in a bid to calm down and not punch any computers. Generally this is something I find incredibly hard to do for any length of time but, for the sake of family and personal sanity, it must be done. Time must be afforded for rest.
Unlike the last few holidays, the family and I will not be disappearing to somewhere fun. The boy has school and there's also the threat of the corona virus lurking about. Instead, I plan on staying home to work on some personal projects. There's the landscape around the house to plan, some maintenance around the house to do, and books to read. If the weather is nice enough, I might even venture out at night with the camera to take some decent photos of the neighbourhood under a moonlight sky.
In addition to all of this, though, I plan on using the time to read some rather deep books. There are a couple that have been sitting on the "To Read" list for months simply because I haven't had the mental bandwidth to adequately approach the works. With the boy in school for five hours a day, it'll be possible to enjoy a couple of hours of reading, learning, and thinking.
The key to making this all possible will be putting the work-supplied notebook away, disabling notifications on the tablet, and un-watching a couple of projects in GitHub. A ten-day absence might frustrate some colleagues, but the company is not going to collapse simply because I'm taking some personal time to recharge. The more I remember this, the easier it'll be to resist the itch.