Why is it that we (and, in my experience, Americans are most guilty of this) are willing to work countless extra hours right before we go off on a vacation or long weekend to relax a bit? And, more importantly, is it really worth it to exhaust yourself mentally and physically before resting up just in time to return to your regular work week?
I'm planning to drive up to Dallas on Friday morning for a weekend bluegrass festival up that way. This is a big deal bluegrass festival when it comes to Texas and I've been looking forward to it for months. As luck would have it, things are not going particularly smoothly at the office right now and I've been forced to work 11-12 hours per day this week just to get my Friday deadlines met by some time Thursday night.
That has meant almost no reading this week, way less sleep than normal, and a growing weariness on my part. Every time this happens, I tell myself I will never fall into this trap again - only to do it again a few months later. I suppose if it comes down to a choice of extra long hours vs. no vacation, vacation will win out every time. But, really, now. Is this the best we can do in this country?