I took my yearly vacation to Morocco a few weeks ago. Being away from the office was just what I needed. My last blog post, mentioned that leisure time can spark creativity because the mind is wired to be creative during downtime. That was exactly how I felt on vacation, more creative, more artistic and more reminiscent, even of my work life. While I was away, I remembered some of the most annoying things about my work routine, but also missed a few too. Here are four reasons I didn’t quit my job:
I take the local bus to get to work. However, I returned to rain and hail, which justified driving to work for the last two weeks and 1 day. Today though is sunny and temps should be in 90’s, so it’s the first day, since I’ve been back that I’ve taken public transit. I saw familiar faces and some new. I ease dropped on a few conversations instead of listening to music. I missed the short walks between bus stops and my destinations. And of course the down time before and after work; helps transition my day from work to home.
For most people looking at social media profiles during work hours is risky. You don’t want to be caught looking at Facebook while a co-worker or your boss pass by your computer. Perceived work reputation helps get work done, and puts a kibosh on time spent looking at social media and procrastination. On vacation you are free to look at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, as you like. On vacation I wanted to go places I knew had free WIFI because my data plan overseas was too expensive to use. I missed that I had constructive activities (i.e. work) to keep my social media time at appropriate levels.
Eating healthy was a cinch. I had local grown organic food every day. It really was the only option, unless I went to the bigger cities in search of Burger King, McDonalds or Pizza Hut. I missed the work discussions on the Paleo Diet, sugar free diet and of course the protein powder fiends diet. All the while, I continue to work on my perfect macaroon cookie recipe.
While having fun, time flies. On vacation that cliché is so, so true. People who are productivity champs have strategized their time to fit in all important matters, and those that don’t—filed in the trash. During my vacation I was no champ. I woke up late and went to bed late. People asked me what did you do on your vacation, and I only had a handful of activities to mention. In hindsight, saying my only activity was going out for some tea, sounds too, too unproductive. Where did my two ½ weeks go? I missed my internal clock and productive schedule.
These four reasons why I didn’t quit my job after returning from vacation are fun. Like most people, I work to support myself and interests. And most of all to take my Moroccan vacation next year.