Yesterday was my last day in the office until January the 4th.  I have to specify ‘not being in the office’ as the definition of being on my Christmas holidays as I actually am on call for a few days between Christmas and New Year, so come January 28th I will be sat with my pager, phone, Blackberry, pen and notebook…. but…. until then, I am free!

I have had a few people say to me at work over the last couple of days; ‘You look like you need a break,’ and I would be cross if it wasn’t so true.  Work has been so busy over the last few weeks that I worked a 50 hour week last week (I know some people
always work 50 hour weeks – but not me!) and because I live on my own the washing, ironing, cleaning and washing up does not stop and I still have to find time to make sure I have enough food in the house to eat (and for little Pancake hamster to eat too!) and that the bills are paid and I can in between just about grab enough sleep to function.  This isn’t a rant – promise.  In between all this I also have just sold my flat and bought a house so I am having to sift through so much paperwork and signing it is unbelievable.  Everything that pops through the door has to be done in five days, or ten days, or as soon as possible.  To make matters worse I don’t even understand half of what is required of me.

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Anyway.  The point of this post is that I am determined to put all of this stress behind me, and enjoy the festive period.  I have made at least one promise to myself that I intend to keep this Christmas.

I will not check my work email whilst I am on leave.

Just reading that again makes me feel like a bad employee, but that’s crazy right? We seem to have got into this culture whereby the line between work and home life has become more and more blurred.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore my job – literally, love it – but whilst I enjoy some aspects of it so much I end up doing work from home I do not need to read my emails and respond to emails on my Christmas break.

I will make an effort to de-stress.

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This means, long bubble baths, time curled up with a book, family time, friend time, and realising that nothing on my to do list needs to be done RIGHT THIS SECOND or immediately and I can do things in my own pace on my own time.  It is a nice feeling to realise this.  This needs to happen. 

In the spirit of my new happier, calmer self I have made myself a happy little
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