Life After a Writers Retreat—Part II: Jet Lag

I’m notorious for not unpacking. Suitcases can sit un-unpacked on the floor of my office for literally months until I need them again.

It was a shock to my family after this trip, then, when I unpacked and did all my laundry my first day back from Cambridge. Since Monday, though, I have failed to take the steps necessary to immediately get back into a daily routine, and my jet lag is lingering as a result.

It could be the direction in which I was traversing the globe, but I had hardly any difficulty adjusting to the time difference when I arrived in Cambridge. It helped that I was in the classroom at 9:30 a.m. the morning after my arrival—I didn’t have time to experience jet lag.

Upon my return, however, with nothing on my schedule, I had long stretches of uninterrupted days to not adjust to the time difference. It’s perfectly understandable that I would wake up at two or four in the morning my first few nights at home. What weren’t acceptable were the afternoon naps followed by early bedtimes—I never gave myself a chance to adjust and kept waking up at an ungodly hour.

When returning from a trip abroad, unpack, do your laundry, and resist the lure of the afternoon siesta. Muscle through the first few days of jet lag and get back on track as soon as possible.

What other tips do you have for getting back into the groove post-writers retreat?

Caught in the ’Net

The Onion reports “Rules Grammar Change.”

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