Today is the start of my long awaited week off work. I’ve got a a few things on my to do list but most of all, I want to take this time to relax and switch off. I started my job towards the end of October last year and aside from a couple of days here and there, I haven’t really had any time off. I’ve always taken my leave when I have plans and usually to travel, forever maximising time available whether it’s flying out on a Friday returning back late on a Sunday night for a city break or using bank holidays to add another day without having to use leave. I always strive to have as much time away as possible and it probably stems from my Air Hostess days when I’d cram as much as possible into a 24 hour layover.
I’m also not very good at taking time off and not having things planned. 2020 is the year to change that though. Due to the nature of my work, I’ve been busier than ever throughout the last 5 months and it’s only been in recent weeks that I’ve properly acknowledged that I need a break. With my winter sun plans scuppered I decided to take a week off before Summer ends and if the weather is good it’s a bonus and if it isn’t it doesn’t matter as I don’t have any solid plans anyway.
The thing I enjoy most about being off is not setting an alarm. Obviously for the last 5 months I’ve had an alarm set for a much later wake time than I would have if life was normal. While the longer lie is greatly appreciated and I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I’ll ever go back to getting up at 6am, I’m just able to relax better if I don’t have an alarm set for the next day. It doesn’t seem to matter if the alarm is set for 6am or 10am, I guess it’s just knowing there is a fixed time on when I need to be up which plays on my mind. The irony is my body clock will likely wake me early this entire week however waking naturally and not having to immediately be anywhere or do anything is the most important part.