Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

am preparing for vacation.


With the possible exception of what the “SysRq” button on your keyboard does, the one question that has baffled scientists for decades is why we are so productive in the days leading up to vacation.

I’m off next week and as a man in the midst of it, I believe I have an answer: It’s about getting things done.

In a regular week, you are probably getting things done, too. But, you’re also probably doing a lot of random, time-wasting things. With vacation looming, those drop away and you become singularly focused on what needs doing.

In my case, I’ve got eight things standing between me and a week off.

Note as well, that the pre-vacation week is usually very satisfying. It feels good to get things done.

So, if you’re feeling a little low energy, I recommend finding things – even small things – that you can check off your list.

P.S. If you know anything about that keyboard button, please fill me in.