Hey Guys :).
For this post I decided to address a question I get asked quite a lot – is it better to have one long break during the year or have multiple short/quick ones throughout it?
Both of these have pros and cons. So let’s start with a Long Break.
- There is enough time between the beginning and end to actually relax.
- You have something big and exciting to look forward to.
- The time off will allow you to miss and appreciate your work much more.
- You are taking a big chunk of time out of your research/work.
- If you decide to have a completely work free time, you will most likely miss out on announcements, events and deadlines.
- Regardless of how you left it – your work WILL pile up.
Short & Frequent.
- You can have lots of these in the year.
- You have something to look forward to.
- They can help plan your work/research by seperating them into shorter managable ‘chunks’.
- Usually only a couple of days.
- Can interrupt the work flow.
- You try to pack a lot into a short time so you can come out the other just as tired.
There will inevitably be more to add to these lists but I just wanted to give a quick and simple idea of what to expect.
From personal experience of taking a Long Break, I think I’ll be sticking to the Short & Frequent approach going forward. Though it was good to have an extended time off, the work pile up and time being out of touch with my work was not worth it for me. It wasn’t all bad though, I had sufficient time to unwind, spend time with family and being away reminded me how much I actually enjoy what I do – and being reminded of your passion is never a bad thing :).
My advice would be with whichever approach you decide to take, way up the pros and cons and how they will affect you before making the decision.
Oh, and it’s not a bad thing to need a break. It may be hard to admit that at some point it’s all getting a bit too much but more than likely everyone around is feeling a similar way and it’s okay not to be okay.