Do you take some time off? How long are you usually away from work?
I just got back from some time off. I usually take about 10 days every now and then (about 6 months or more apart). If I have been working for a long period including weekends, I take one or two days off to recover. But even being so little away from work, I had a hard time going back and having to catch up… This time, I decided to do it differently.
I took 15 days, but I checked my email often (husband was not so happy). I also let my clients know I would only check my messages at night. With this, I believe I have avoided the stress of catching up with my messages and also the stress of going back to “an empty house” – that is, no work. I tend to feel a bit lost when empty-handed, although there is much more than translating to our freelancing lives.
Something that I could not avoid was catching up with other things – invoices to be sent, payments to track, other blogs to update myself with. I used to Tweet often, but I only got back two days after my arrival.
Although I kept my eye on my messages, I was able to rest better than I have in previous periods, maybe because I do have some anxiety about my emails.
How are you handling the vacation period? Are you able to catch up more eaily, or do you neved go offline?