Longer Range Planning
I got my 2024 call schedule! I’m rather happy with it – no major holidays next year (this year, I’m on for Thanksgiving — so that makes sense). AAAAND I thought I might have to work Mother’s Day, but that is going to be the magical week I get nights/weekends covered, so that takes care of that.
Now planning next year’s adventures can begin! Things under consideration:
- Spring break ski trip (tentatively back Montana). Hopefully our travel budget will recover by then, plus it appears that lodging/flight costs are lower that time of year (compared to Christmas week when we were there last year). Bonus: it won’t be dark at 4:30 pm!
- Summer . . . in New England? I’ve been dying to do New Hampshire / VT / Maine or Upstate NY as a family trip, because we used to go to the White Mountains and I am nostalgic.
- Winter break 2024: maybe a week in Costa Rica, inspired by Kae‘s adventures there! Alternatively, a national park? Is there a national park that is great in the winter?
- Possible races: Big Sur + Chicago or JAX (same one as this year)
- Will Taylor Swift go back on tour? Because I could plan some of my travel around that . . .
With A entering middle school, the “all 3 kids at home” years are starting to feel finite and I hope to make the most of them.
Of course, Josh does not get his call schedule so far in advance so sometimes making more concrete plans (ie anything not refundable during a holiday he might have to cover) has to wait.
Do you think about your family (or personal) travel a calendar year at a time? Once I get my call schedule I basically want to go full speed ahead and book/figure out the entire year.
(It did backfire in 2020.)
(But not really, at least I had the anticipatory fun I suppose, and generally got refunds/travel credit.)
Here is what I am using for this longer range planning:
Loved the comments on yesterday’s post and yes – I probably need a shutdown ritual A LA Cal Newport. BUT I also need to actually schedule that important-but-non-urgent stuff so that it doesn’t feel like I should be doing it all the time. I’m pretty good at assigning myself a reasonable number of tasks and checking them off, but even when they are checked I don’t FEEL done and I think this is in part becuase that i-but-not-u stuff doesn’t have a home in my planner or calendar.
Plus it’s very true that working from home poses an additional challenge. So my plan is to work on my personal shutdown ritual AND find a home for that category of work.
Speaking of WORK and VACATION
I am thinking about how I want to handle our (LONG) trip coming up in ~2.5 weeks. I don’t really want to do any work on vacation, outside of some big picture thinking, planning, scheming. I hope to read, journal, hang with the kids, see things, just immerse myself in the surroundings + experience. I probably *will* post here, because I want to have that record and also, I enjoy it. Not sure the cruise wi-fi will be able to handle my uploads but I guess we will see.