When I'm working on a big project, I often feel like I should handcuff myself to a chair and not leave. Ever. It doesn't even matter if I'm not getting anything done. I become obsessed. I need to stare at a screen. It alleviates some anxiety. I tell myself at least I'm trying - I'm putting the effort in - but it turns out what people (husband, friends, strangers, the local barista) say might be true. It's important to leave the desk sometimes and get outside.
So this past weekend, I got out and went to the desert. The wild flowers heard the call of spring and were in full bloom. I ate fresh local grapefruit, frolicked in the sand and hiked up to a multi-palmed oasis. There was guilt in leaving my work back at home, but I hoped that taking a break would refresh my brain and make the time I do spend at the desk more productive.
And even if it doesn't, that's okay too. The weekend was worth it!