I’ve experienced this momentum killing effect twice this year. The first was during my wedding time. The second is right now, due to new job, new assignments and new place.

Don’t get me wrong, I love vacation. I need vacation. Coming back from vacation and restarting the pre-vacation momentum is the death. Newton’s first law:

An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

You can think of daily productive habits as momentum. If you go to work for 8 hours every day, doing so becomes reflexive. Momentum. If you go to the gym every day after work, you’ll keep doing it unless you make an active decision not to. Momentum.

If you write an article or make music every day, you can keep doing it. Sometimes it’s easier, sometimes it’s harder, but it’s easy to put something out there. Even if you write every other day, you can keep doing it almost without thinking. Momentum.

And then vacation stops all that.

The unbalanced force of vacation throws you out of whack. Maybe you can keep up some daily exercise, but it’s not quite the same as going to the gym. Maybe you can keep writing a little bit…

Do you really want to get back to all of that work you’ve been doing before? Like really really? You loved it, and you loved the results for sure, but you can’t deny how much easier life would be if you, you know, didn’t. You just saw how easy it was. Relaxing and nice and nothing bad happened.

Or did it?

Fingers crossed this short rumination starts the momentum again.

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