Regarding the working and never stopping...
For me, the only structure I have is that I create. Without structure, I tend to ping-pong between work too much or not working-focusing enough. A few years ago, I created a "vacation log." I use it to track my self-given vacation/sick time for the year. Right now, I give myself 3 weeks plus 1 "holiday" a month. This seems to be equivalent to what I had when I left corporate America years ago.
The vacation account ensures I work about the same amount each year, and if I work hard-hard-hard I take some time off later.
The other thing that helps is that I have a standard length to my day. On days I`m dragging, I`ve got to work that length. On days I`m flowing with the work, I`ve got to work that length. If I`m short on a day, I make it up later in the week, etc.
Anyway, this little structure "game" has really worked for me, adding in some self-discipline to make sure I do a good "job" at home.
--Chris chrisspeaks2007-8-13 18:39:30
My summers tend to be slower, at least June and July. They slow down in my role as a speaker--most companies do fewer seminars during the summer months due to employee vacations. As a coach, my clients tend to have more scheduling difficulties due to summer vacations as well, so fewer calls to them means less to do in the summer.
I often use my own vacation time in the summer. Even giving myself a three-day weekend here and there is great. I also, as Maria said, try to use the time to rethink my strategy and get ready for the busier fall.