I love vacation, mostly because of the time I have to do things I want to do. My wife was shaking her head at me, because last Sunday I spent half an hour on the phone with a good friend, discussing how to schedule our vacation time to make the most of it. "We'll wake up at 5am every day, except sleep in on Wednesdays and Sundays." We planned to pray for 5 minutes when we woke up, before doing anything else. Then we agreed upon a Bible reading plan to work through every morning (the plan we're using can be found HERE). After that, I work for 2 hours on the curriculum for the Patient Centered Medical Home that I'm working on, while my friend (who will be starting medical school himself next Fall) studies microbiology. By then, my kids are waking up, so the next couple of hours is loosely make breakfast/hang out with them/read "Polio: An American Story".
Most of the rest of the day is unstructured, and I have been using it to take my son to the park, run errands, catch up on dishes/laundry and watch TV with my wife. Thus, I keep most of my vacation time unstructured and open to spending time with my family. But then, as the evening comes on, it's time to work on my physical goals. I'm planning on running a half marathon in 2012, so I go on a run every other night. I'm up to 4.5 miles! The other nights I work on strength training and working through my karate forms, since I plan to return to my dojo next Fall.
For the most part, I've been sticking to this! It helps having a friend to check in with, especially at 5am. Most of all, it helps to have planned out how to accomplish the goals I want to reach. My Sensei always says this time of year (as we make our New Year's Goals), "A goal without a plan is just a dream." So part of what I will be doing this last week of December, is compiling not just a list of goals for next year, but making plans for how to reach those goals. I hope you'll do the same! :)