Why is it so hard to take a break from work?

Why is it so hard to take a break from work?
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Did you eat Thanksgiving for lunch or dinner?  For me it was dinner, and boy did I eat way too much turkey.  By the time we got home from the feast at a friends house I felt like I had to be rolled into bed.  I think I’ve learned that it makes a big difference if you celebrate Thanksgiving in the afternoon or evening.  By the time I rolled out of bed this morning I could tell that I would be walking a little slower today.

I think this is what I might look like by the end of the holiday season.

I think this is what I might look like by the end of the holiday season.

I never really know what do to on Black Friday.  We eventually ran a few errands and cleaned the house…by the way I don’t recommend the latter if it includes cleaning out your closest and trying on old pants…that was a stupid idea.

Anyway, I don’t know about other educators, but I always find it so difficult to really take a break over break.  Don’t get me wrong I haven’t really done anything too noteworthy today (hopefully this blog counts for something), but all day I’ve been thinking about some of the work I need to get done.  Is that healthy?  I’m starting to wonder whether working half days over the break would make me more present during the time I’m not working.  What do yo think?  Anybody got any answers of why it so hard to take a break from work?  Or is that wrong question?  How about strategies?

Author: Andy Aldrich

Andy is a founder of Learn[ed]Leadership as well as a school administrator at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. In addition to pontificating on ideas in education, Andy stays busy chasing after his daughter and impressing his wife with his big muscles.

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