It’s the middle of September but I’m lagging behind, still wondering what happened to August. The leaves are turning already at higher elevations. If I don’t get my act together quickly, I’ll miss this year’s vibrant transition into fall. So I set my out-of-office notice and head for the trails. I choose a familiar lake loop: Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake, and Lake Haiyaha. By the time the sun tops the horizon, I’m on the trail.
My day off is well-timed. My stress levels have been riding high for months now. I need a break. Actually, I need an extended break—a sabbatical. And after that, I might also need a career change. Of course, I might get a career change regardless, considering the current trajectory of my company. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
To better deal with my elevated stress levels, I started using a tool I’ve used in the past, OmniFocus.