Danger Will Robinson!


I’m back from my break.

Thank you for continuing to read and comment.

The last three weeks did me good.

I also learned hard-but-valuable lessons on how to make my next holiday (and maybe yours) a whole lot better.


Final things

Despite drawing a clear line in the sand a month before my break, I let three things slip into ‘my’ time:

  1. Preparing a business activity statement.
  2. Passing a project to another copywriter.
  3. Writing this post ahead of time so I wouldn’t have to do it at 6 am on my first day back.

I should’ve made time to nail all these things before I left.

The first two hung over me until handled in weeks one and two of my break.

The third haunted me right through.

Next time I’ll start shutdown preparations much earlier.


Hard wired

My wife and I had chosen to be tourists in our own town.

While this led to fun adventures, it meant I passed my home office many times a day.

The temptation to check my ‘world’ proved irresistible. Often.

Fonnie begged me to turn off my PC and leave it off.

I countered that I needed it for my hobbies.

But each time I logged on play with photos or do other fun stuff, I couldn’t resist doing (quasi) work tasks which fatigued me as surely as real work.

It wasn’t until Day 14 of my break that I heeded Fonnie’s request.

And even this wasn’t by choice.


Sea change

We spent our third week by the sea.

I woke to waves at 3 am.

Unable to sleep, I decided to get up and do something ‘useful’.

But then I realised the Empire Über Komputer was far away and not remotely accessible.

For the first time in years, I really was offline.

This was unsettling.

Without the distraction of work, I was forced to lie still and think all my thoughts.

The happy and surprising result of this was that I eventually fell into a deep, healing sleep.

At this point, my holiday truly began.


Third time lucky

My final week off was bliss.

What a shame I wasn’t smart enough to enjoy all three of them!

But I’ll know for next time.

Is any of this familiar to you?



Paul Hassing | Founder & Senior Writer – The Feisty Empire