A couple of years ago, my friend Richard Morrison posted this graph, which I now think about whenever I go on vacation:
One way to increase the height of the second bump is to write lots of blog posts when you get back, but it’s a welcome distraction from the process of getting my unread emails back down to double-digits. 🙂
The first bump should be higher IMO, it’s the worst two weeks of the year when you have to prepare for that holiday. Plus, you’re counting down the days until it happens so it seems even longer.