I've now returned from three weeks holiday. A three week break brings lots of thinking time but the return to reality and activity is tougher than I remember.
I've kept physically active whilst away, with a gym and swimming pool on the complex I've been staying on. But a lot of time on the road, by the pool, in the gym and on the beach gives you plenty of time to think about what you are doing and where you want to start going next with everything you do.
I think that it is good (and it was good) to have a period of reflection and contemplation. It gives you a chance to determine whether you think that you're on the right track and to plot the way forward without the everyday distractions of work life. It also enables a little "blue sky thinking" as there exposure to a different routine and a different culture can have you thinking about things in different ways. I have looked at the direction I'm heading in and I broadly think that it's where I want to be going.
It's now thinking about heading out of the break and back into my life that's occupying my mind. I landed and got home in Sunday evening and it was back to work at 7.30am on Monday, so there was no real transition to be had. It was a case of holiday mode as is went to bed and work mode when I got up the next morning. It was just the way it had to be with three weeks off - there was no spare time to be had! So it was straight back into it, which can sometimes be the best way to get on, although I don't really feel like that the the moment! I can just about see the wood from the trees at work now, after a few days of catching up. I just wish I could say the same about everything else I do.
It's getting back into the swing of things for everyone concerned at the moment. The Summer customer flow is very different to the flow during the rest of the year, especially in a university city, such as the City of Durham that I work in regularly. So it's been a time where large parts of the city have been on holiday and where large parts if the city are starting to get back into a routine for Back To School promotions, the kids actually returning to school and the university students returning to the city.
I've been doing some work with a pharmacy in the city recently and all their work is geared to the students returning and the ailments beginning, especially when the weather turns cold. The start of term can't come quickly enough for them and their largest customer base starts getting ill not long after returning.
It's interesting to note where your largest customer groups are and how the ebb and flow to be able to plan out your staffing, stock and things such as opening hours. I've mentioned in my blog many times about organisation, and this is adding another level to your understanding of what goes on.NOT EVERYTHING CAN BE FOUND ON THE HIGH STREET