Switching back on can be as hard as switching off was. But be careful with that switch...
So, hands up, how many of you took Mr Slee's advice and switched off during your summer hols?
Well done, you at the back.
Hard isn't it. It never used to be. But now it is.
But what can be just as hard is switching back on when you return to work. There are many reasons for this not least worrying what you are walking back into or what the future holds for you. And the urge to hunt out a new job following a summer holiday is possibly second only to the desire for a new challenge each January. The whole return thing can be unsettling for some.
If you were lucky and went away then it's really important not to go straight back to silly hours and silly workloads. Ease your way back in. A really refreshed and creative eight hour day beats a brow-beaten, tired 12 hour day hands down. Every time.
So as today marks the first week back proper for anyone with kiddiwinkles, have another good look at those holiday snaps, take in some imaginary gulps of pure sea air and tell yourself that a high quality eight hour performance today is the target. Then leave, with head held high and serve up more of the same tomorrow.
The longer, harder days of wet autumn and cold winter will come round soon enough.
So like the fading memories of that teenage, summer crush or half holiday romance, cling on to that warming holiday vibe and skip home listening to some favourite old tunes.
And I'll bet your other half will delight in your return.
p.s. - Of course, if you don't have kids, and you are smart, then you are maybe just about to go away. The UK weather always seems to be better in September, the prices are cheaper and there are less children knocking around. And if that is you then you can read Dan's article now, and this one later on in the month.
Photo by me - Camber Sands, East Sussex