Time, at times has a real mind of its own; especially when it comes to being on vacation. It can slow down, speed up, completely stop and then suddenly in the blink of an eye, do a Harry Houdini and disappear. Unregulated by the norms of everyday rules of be here and do that it can at times seem to have totally lost its sense of propriety. Being one who spends a great deal of time slicing, dicing, planning and organizing the time of my day, the idea of throwing planning and appointment calendars to the wind can be a very upsetting experience regardless of the need to get away. To make matters worse time on vacation is always running three days later than the person actually on the vacation. How many times have your realized the vacation is half over and you are just finally starting to relax?
So as you prepare for your time out of the office this year or that trip to see Aunt Martha in Iowa who has the ten cats and sour breath, keep a few things in mind. Time on vacation demands respect, so respect it. While we can prove it tics away at exactly at the same rate second by second, our perception of that movement is different when we are on vacation. I find that if given its own head, time organizes itself into two hour patches for me. Meaning two hours of this and then two hours of that are quite normal and relaxing. Oh to have two hours in a row to do anything in the real world!
But any way, here are some caveats to keep in mind as your prepare for your escape. Nothing can slow time down faster, that a call from the office asking if you forgot to leave the keys and are reminded in your absence that some of the employee would like go to the bathroom while you are gone! So before you go, make a checklist of some of the things you do without thinking everyday and make sure they are taken care of prior to your departure. An ounce of prevention goes a long way at having happy away time. If at all possible, loose the watch and be vague to only the very necessary where it is you are going and how long you will be gone. Nothing worse than wasting valuable time looking at your watch and going, “Hmmm its Friday I should be in Dithers office for my Friday Ten Am butt chewing!”
Also remember that your internal clocks are not immune to time changes either. Sure we all know what Jet lag is, but just going from Pittsburgh to Charlotte can have a profound effect on your system. Not to mention they cover everything in syrup! Your body likes knowing dinner is at five; not at seven thirty and good lord, when your feet do not have to hit the deck at six thirty Am, take a deep breath. It is okay, to go back to sleep today. You will be surprised how being on vacation, can be a lot of fun. It could actually turn out to be a good time!