How do your personal cycles work?  Are you busiest before you can relax?  Do you need to recharge before you can gear up?

I think of how productive my life would be if I was as productive all the time as I am right before I go on vacation!

I feel like I need a vacation by the time I am ready to go.  At home, laundry is done.  Ditto for shopping, errands and packing.  Instructions are ready for my dog sitter.  All the blogs are written and scheduled in advance.

At work, I managed to squeeze in a host of meetings, wrap up several big projects, close out the fiscal year and attend to the regular business at hand.  No time for dawdling or procrastination — there were things to do before I left.

But once I am gone, I am disengaged from work and fully immersed in the life of leisure.  It will take a day on the back end to get my working brain reoriented.  

For others, they may crawl toward vacation with barely any energy remaining, and come back refreshed and ready to go full steam ahead.  

Pair your energy level and pattern of behavior to make a successful transition over this holiday weekend and future vacation plans.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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