What do you to to be able to rest and relax over vacation? I have often times used vacation, and school breaks, as a time to catch up/clean up/get ahead/get organized.
I also have a bad habit of procrastinating. Not usually, but over vacations. When I know I have a long time to get work done, I still find myself finishing up grades on Sunday night.
This vacation I did something different, and it may be the best decision that I've made in a long time. I did my school work at the beginning of break, and pushed hard to get ahead on some before school ended. I am not doing anything except what I need to do (grading, lesson plans for when we go back). I'm not using the break to work on any projects. I literally put my schoolwork back in the car so I wouldn't see it in the house during vacation.
I'm making a conscious choice to use the break to relax. I have read 3 novels so far (granted 2 were while I was sick on the couch one day). I have played several board games with my kids. I got together with a friend I haven't seen in a while. My plans for the rest of vacation look similar. I've been to the gym several times. I hope to go a couple more.
I think it will make the transition back to school a little tough, but I also think I will be healthier, more relaxed, and more prepared, mentally and emotionally for the rest of the year.
Despite what everyone says, teaching is a draining job. It requires long days, on your feet, being "on" and being emotionally involved with a lot of needy kids, and a lot of political pressure.
I know I don't always do the best job during school of maintaining balance and making sure that my stress doesn't flow over onto my family. I'm trying to make up some of it now.
How do you use your vacation time? Do you get ahead? Or do you focus on other things? What do you do to keep some balance for yourself and your family?